The Dawson College tradegy: launched to help trauma victims

    MONTREAL, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - A study conducted at Hôpital Louis-H
Lafontaine's Fernand-Seguin Research Centre and at the McGill University
Health Centre has revealed that 14% of Dawson College students and staff
turned to the Internet for psychological support following the tragedy that
occurred in 2006. The Douglas Mental Health University Institute would like to
inform the public that its new site meets this need for
quality on-line information and tools for the victims of traumatic events.
    "Unfortunately, mental health issues are still taboo and stigmatized in
our society," said professor Alain Brunet, PhD, a psychologist and researcher
at the Douglas Institute who specializes in trauma. "More than 76% of people
have experienced a traumatic event that can lead to symptoms of post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD), but very few people even acknowledge their symptoms
let alone know where to go for help."

    Self-diagnosis and advice

    In May, the Douglas Institute launched its Info-Trauma site for trauma
victims and health professionals in collaboration with two actors from Denis
Villeneuve's film Polytechnique. This on-line reference is a source of various
tools, including a self-diagnosis test for victims along with advice, help
references, and case studies. The first of its kind in North America, this
interactive site allows the Douglas Institute to meet a pressing need for
information on PTSD, a mental health problem whose prevalence is
underestimated by society.

    The Douglas is a world-class institute affiliated with McGill University
and the World Health Organization. It treats patients with mental illnesses
and offers them hope for recovery. Its teams of specialists and researchers
are continually advancing scientific knowledge, integrating it into patient
care and sharing it with the community to raise awareness and destigmatize
mental illness.

For further information:

For further information: Stéphanie Lassonde, Chief, Communications and
Public Affairs, (514) 761-6131, extension 2747,;;

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