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Welcome to the Quebec therapist directory at GoodTherapy.org. Our directory is the fastest and safest way to find a good counselor or therapist in Quebec cities. We only include professional therapists, counselors, and psychologists whose work accords, in attitude and orientation, to the elements of good therapy. Find a therapist or counselor in your Quebec zip code, or click on the links below to see the counselors in your city:

Mental Health Matters in Quebec

Out of all Canada’s provinces, Quebec has the highest rates of positive mental health. In 2017, 93% of polled residents reported “good” or “excellent” mental health. Even more people (6.6 million) rated their life satisfaction as high. Quebec also had the lowest rate of mood disorders (6.2%) among the provinces.

However, stress is fairly high in the province of Quebec. Over 1.7 million people in Quebec report high levels of stress. In a 2012 survey, one third of Quebecers said work or school was their biggest stressor. The second most common stressor was finances (14%). 

Substance abuse is also a concern, especially among Quebec youth. Around 41% of high school students have abused drugs in the past year, with marijuana being the most common substance. The rate of alcohol abuse rises as children age: by Secondary V (11th grade), 36% of students say they frequently drink alcohol. 

However, Quebec has generally been less affected by the opioid crisis than other provinces. In 2017, 181 people in Quebec died from opioids and other illicit drugs, at a rate of 4.3 per 100,000. The national rate of opioid deaths that year was 10.9 per 100,000. To help further reduce the death rate, pharmacies in Quebec offer free naloxone, which acts as an antidote to opioid overdoses.

Quebec currently has the highest suicide rate of any Canadian province. Over 1,000 residents die by suicide every year, 80% of which are men. Local Inuit communities are also overrepresented in suicide statistics. They are 20 times as likely to attempt suicide as the general population in Quebec. On a positive note, the suicide rates in Quebec are 50% lower than they were at the turn of the millenium.  

In 2017, Quebec announced it would invest $35 million to create a public psychotherapy program. Prior to this announcement, psychotherapy services were not covered by public insurance. This reduced access to mental health care: in 2013, over 200,000 people in Quebec needed to see a social worker, psychologist, or therapist but could not afford to do so. The government estimates that increasing access to psychotherapy will reduce overall medical service costs by 20-30%.

References:

  1. Drug and alcohol addiction information resource for Montreal, Qc. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.sobriety.ca/alcohol-drug-addiction-montreal-quebec.htm
  2. Fidelman, C. (2017, December 3). Psychotherapy: Quebec to invest $35 million in mental health. Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/psychotherapy-quebec-to-invest-35-million-in-mental-health
  3. Fletcher, R. (2017, November 10). Quebec pharmacists to carry fentanyl antidote naloxone. Global News. Retrieved from https://globalnews.ca/news/3853078/quebec-pharmacists-to-carry-fentanyl-antidote-naloxone
  4. Health characteristics, annual estimates. (n.d.). Statistics Canada. Retrieved from https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/t1/tbl1/en/tv.action?pid=1310009601&pickMembers%5B0%5D=1.6&pickMembers%5B1%5D=2.1&pickMembers%5B2%5D=3.1
  5. Mental health week—A new statistical portrait of the mental health of Quebecers. (2015, May 6). Retrieved from http://www.stat.gouv.qc.ca/salle-presse/communique/communique-presse-2015/mai/mai1506a_an.html
  6. Mountain, D. (2018, October 10). Almost 10% of Canadians say they’re dealing with mental health issues. Daily Hive. Retrieved from https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/mental-health-day-canada-statistics-2018
  7. Overview of national data on opioid-related harms and deaths. (2018, December 12). Retrieved from https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/data-surveillance-research/harms-deaths.html
  8. Whitley, R. (2017, September 7). Opinion: More can be done to reduce suicide rates in Quebec. Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-more-can-be-done-to-reduce-suicide-rates-in-quebec
 

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