Quebec will adjust its mental health services to meet the needs of the quarter of the population victim of generalized anxiety or stress disorder post-traumatic stress disorder is probably related to the pandemic.
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Dr. Mélissa Généreux, a professor of public health, University of Sherbrooke
Dr. Mélissa Généreux, a professor-researcher in public health at the University of Sherbrooke, speaks of a ” second disaster “, while Kawthar Grar is a family physician and expert on addiction, is concerned about ” the next pandemic “.
The results of a study conducted by Dr. Generous, released Tuesday, show that one Canadian in four (25,5 %) suffers from a disorder of post-traumatic stress disorder likely linked to the pandemic.
A proportion is just as high is the victim of a generalized anxiety disorder is likely.
“Normally, less than 5% of the population develops a generalized anxiety disorder “, shows the doctor.
In a post-pandemic, so the system will not have the ability to absorb the effects of it, ” she says.
“And when stress and distress are caused by an external component, such as a disaster, people are less likely to want to go to. “
At a press conference on Friday, the minister of Health, Danielle McCann, reported that Quebec intends to enhance its service offering in mental health in the short term.
“We’re working on a plan. It is finished, ” says she.
A plan for mental health, ” it is the basis to a major public health issue in the same way that the coronavirus itself, shade the Dr. Generous. And as with the coronavirus, it’s clear that the plan cannot be managed only within the network of the health. “
Break the isolation
After the tragedy, train of Lac – Mégantic in 2013, Melissa Généreux, director of public health of the eastern Townships, has developed a model to break the isolation of victims and to provide psychological support to the community.
Since then, a ” team proximity “, composed of a social worker, a technician in social work and a community organizer, working on the ground in the regional county municipality (MRC) of the Granite, with annual funding of $ 250,000. And that team is ” very active in the context of the pandemic “.
“I have a little bit of misery to believe in a great strategy that would work for all of Québec. There are too many different communities. We could afford the luxury of having this kind of team in the MRCS or boroughs, ” said Mélissa Généreux.
But this approach in mental health is not “typically” part of the plans of the governments, ” she says.
“He must really have lived through disasters important to understand that it is necessary to go back to base and build a stronger social fabric. “
She sees mental health as a pyramid : “The doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists are the leading edge, but we must also strengthen the foundation “, which is made of neighbors, friends, colleagues and actors on the ground.
The psychological state of workers health, less likely to seek help, worried about it Dr. Grar.
“The ones in NURSING homes are at risk for developing stress disorders, post-traumatic. It is not normal to enter the rooms and pick up the dead. “
With a more informal approach, such as that deployed after Mégantic, people would be more likely to disclose their mental health status, according to Melissa, Generous.
“They are more comfortable to help and to help others. “