THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Quebec is providing additional assistance of $ 900,000 to the Tel-jeunes organization, whose lines have been steadfast since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
The Minister for Health and Social Services, Lionel Carmant, made the announcement in a press release on Saturday.
The government had already granted emergency aid of $ 500,000 at the start of the crisis, which was to support the organization until June in hiring new staff and adapting certain services.
The organization that offers young people and their families free and confidential professional services is in particular demand in the current context.
The new envelope should make it possible to maintain and improve these services until the end of March.
Demand for aid jumped 30% from the start of the pandemic in March, and the increase has continued since.
Since the start of the school year, the organization has also observed a certain demotivation of young people. In general, the subjects most discussed by adolescents and young adults are depression, anxiety and isolation – which represent around 40% of contacts at Tel-jeunes. But since September, 52% of calls or texts relate to these issues.
Families in need of support can turn to the ParentLine, which is also accessible by phone, chat and email.