Youth aged 12-25 continue battles with anxiety and depression

Youth aged 12-25 continue battles with anxiety and depression

By Bird Bouchard


An alarming number of youth aged 12-25 are experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to a study carried out this past January by a team from the Université de Sherbrooke’s school of medicine.

“They’re doing a little better than last year, but it’s still not better than before the pandemic,” said Dr. Melissa Généreux, who supervised the research team.

Aimed at keeping tabs on the state of mental health among youth, Généreux and her team sent out an anonymous survey from Jan. 17-26, 2022 to youth aged 12-25. The survey area included the Estrie, the Monteregie, the Centre du Quebec, and the Laurentians regions. The study drew responses from 17,708 young people. However, 98 per cent of respondents were French with the other two per cent being English-speaking Quebecers.

The study was conducted at 64 teaching establishments: 23 public high schools, 18 private high schools, 11 FP or FPA centres, nine CEGEPS and three universities.

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