Psychological health of students

Student psychological health is a priority for the QSU. That's why we have gathered for you the issues and resources on student psychological health available in Quebec. Through various campaigns, we have also been able to highlight some of the salient facts used as arguments to defend the rights of the student community.
Psychological health of students

Key facts

In November 2019, we unveiled the results of our Québec-wide study on student psychological health, entitled "Behind the mask". This study is intended to be an unequalled portrait of the situation on the mental health of university students.

Indeed, 23,881 members of the university student community across Quebec completed the questionnaire compiled by Léger, a participation rate of 16.1% of the entire university student population.
  • 58% of the university student population is in the worst quintile of the general population in terms of psychological distress scores.
  • 1 in 5 university students show depressive symptoms at a level where they should receive care.
  • 3 times more students have suicidal ideation than the general population and 2 times more have attempted suicide.
  • Certain groups were identified as being at greater risk of experiencing psychological health problems: gender diverse students, students with disabilities, sexually diverse students, and first generation students.

Psychological resources

of our member universities

Additional resources


Revivre is a non-profit organization that helps people living with an anxiety, depressive or bipolar disorder and their families, in collaboration with the institutional and community mental health network.

In order to fulfill its mission, Revivre focuses on punctual support in the form of listening, information and referrals, as well as psycho-educational follow-up through support for self-care and health management.

In addition, Revivre is based on the following guiding principle: building alliances, collaborations and strategic partnerships with the institutional and community mental health network, as well as with the private sector.

Digital tool « Aller mieux à ma façon »

If you are experiencing difficulties related to stress, anxiety or distress, the tool can contribute to your well-being since it allows you to implement concrete actions adapted to your situation.

Since you are the person who knows you best, you can pursue your goals at your own pace, according to your choices and based on your strengths.

Please note that the tool doesn't replace conventional treatments such as individual or group meetings with a professional.

Phobie Zéro

Support group for people suffering from anxiety disorders. In addition to their listening line, Phobies-Zéro now offers you the possibility of participating in "Zoom" virtual groups. These are available from Sunday to Friday from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

The first part of the meeting will consist of informing you about the anxiety caused by this pandemic and helping you to de-dramatize your situation. The second part will allow you to ask questions, share your concerns and your victories in the face of the situation you are currently experiencing.

During these virtual meetings, a health professional may be present to answer your questions and help you better control your anxiety.

Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is responsible for the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools that promote the mental health and well-being of Canadians.

You can visit their website to access a variety of free resources, tools and training programs.

Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS)

The Association québécoise de prévention du suicide (AQPS) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1986 and has approximately 200 members. Its mission is to mobilize all the players, support the community, provide tools to those involved, raise public awareness and influence decision makers in order to prevent suicide.

If you or a loved one is in distress, call 1 866 APPELLE (277-3553) toll-free, anywhere in Quebec.
This number connects you to the resource in your area;
The people on the other end of the line are trained and competent;
They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
They can help you.

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