Suicidal ideation: more minors in the emergency room in Estrie in 2021 | Elections Quebec 2022

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Suicidal ideation: more minors in the emergency room in Estrie in 2021 | Élections Québec 2022

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The number of minors who visited the emergency room for suicidal behavior jumped in 2021 (archives).

As part of her work, the assistant head nurse in pediatrics, Sylvie Tanguay, was used to seeing adolescents at the CHUS – Fleurimont for suicidal thoughts or behavior. Last year, it was mostly young people aged around ten who presented themselves.

We always have a niche of 15, 16 and 17 year olds who are there for depression, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts […], but 7, 8, 9, 10 year olds, it was unheard of for us, reveals the one who is running today as a candidate for the Parti Québécois in Saint-François.

“We had young people with depressive symptoms at 8 years old. This is not normal, we even had some with suicide attempts. »

— Sylvie Tanguay, assistant head nurse and Parti Québécois candidate in Saint-François

In 2019, 229 minors visited the CIUSSS de l'Estrie – CHUS emergency room for suicidal behavior. They were 196 in 2020. In 2021, 327 young people presented themselves for the same reasons. The number of emergency room visits by minors for suicidal behavior also increased in 2021: from 257 in 2019, to 227 in 2020 and to 369 last year.

Suicidal thoughts&nbsp;:number of minors hospitalized in Estrie and number of emergency room stays








ER stays




Source: CIUSSS&nbsp;de Estrie – CHUS

I have produced my own studies in recent years during the pandemic which showed the same thing, that our young people are experiencing great psychological distress, explains the candidate for Québec solidaire in Saint-François and former director of public health in Estrie, Mélissa Generous. Above all, we must not think that because the pandemic is "slowing down", we can therefore think that the distress is behind the young people.

Last July, the director of health current public, Dr. Isabelle Samson, has sent a call for vigilance to CIUSSS health professionals.

The various clinical services of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie and intersectoral partners have shared with us certain concerns regarding the mental health of adolescent girls and young women […]. This is why today we are calling on your vigilance so that together we can make sure we recognize the warning signs and thus come to the aid of our young people. note.

  • Quebec suicide prevention line (everywhere in Quebec, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week):
  • 1866APPELLE (277-3553)
  • The How to Talk About Suicide site

Elsewhere in Canada:

  • 1 833- 456-4566
  • You can also visit Suicide Prevention and Support

Last year, 100 minors were hospitalized for attempted suicide or suicidal thoughts, mostly young women. These are the figures that prompted Sylvie Tanguay and Mélissa Généreux to enter politics in the riding of Saint-François.

“To see the increases in suicidal ideation that materialize even in ER visits or hospitalizations, even more so among young women, is heartbreaking. »

— Mélissa Généreux, candidate for Québec solidaire in Saint-François

Sylvie Tanguay, of the Parti québécois, proposes making CLSCs the first gateway for emergencies .

For mental health, we want to make all psychotherapy care accessible to the public as much as possible, that is to say, to bring back with working conditions and an adequate salary obviously as many psychologists as possible in the health network. public, she says.

Québec solidaire wants to increase the number of staff in the public network.

What we want at Québec solidaire is to repatriate 900 psychologists from the private network to the public network. Obviously, this does not happen by magic, it is done by raising their salaries by 30% in the public network and giving them greater professional autonomy, wishes Mélissa Généreux.

We are concerned, like many people, about the state of mental health following the pandemic. We would not want this pandemic to result in a mental health crisis. One of the things we are proposing is universal access to psychotherapy, says Liberal Party candidate in Orford, Vicki-May Hamm.

In an email to Radio-Canada, the Coalition avenir Québec (CAQ) indicated that it had put $1.15 billion into its 22-25 Interdepartmental Mental Health Plan and tabled the Suicide Prevention Strategy in the spring of 2022. The latter aims to increase the psychological well-being of the population, reduce the level of psychological distress and prevent suicidal attempts and thoughts.

It should also be remembered that it was our government that announced last January that it was releasing an envelope of $10 million for the establishment of a crisis center in two regions of Quebec, including Estrie, added the party.

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