Survey of nearly 24,000 Québec university students reveals high levels of psychological distress

November 22, 2019

A recent survey of approximately 24,000 Québec university students has revealed that 58% received a score indicating they had high levels of psychological distress. The survey, which was prepared by the Québec Student Union (QSU), revealed that survey respondents were three times more likely than the general population to say they had suicidal thoughts, and twice as likely to say they had attempted suicide. The survey also revealed that certain groups of students—such as LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation immigrants—were more at risk of mental health issues than others. “They survey’s results are worrying,” said QSU President Philippe LeBel. In response to the survey, the QSU is urging QC government to create a policy to improve the mental health of university students and to give schools money to offer psychological services. Montréal Gazette (QC)