Welcome to Santé mentale au Québec

In 1976, the community mental health centre (Centre de santé mentale communautaire) of Saint-Luc Hospital organized the first symposium on sector psychiatry. During deliberations, the participants expressed the idea of publishing the various experiences that were then current in the field of mental health. With the help of the symposium’s revenues and the financial support of professionals, the Centre de santé mentale communautaire edited the first issue of Santé mentale au Québec in September 1976, with both objectives of publishing experiences and research in the field of mental health, as well as facilitating exchange between the various mental health professionals. To emphasize the will to innovate with Santé mentale au Québec, the founding members gave a subtitle to this first issue: Vers une nouvelle pratique/Towards a novel practice. Also wishing that Santé mentale au Québec be multidisciplinary, the founders underlined that this will to innovate be reflected with exchanges between the clinical and research fields of mental health. Santé mentale au Québec, inclusive of all approaches, favours a social perspective to mental illness that is associated with a clinical view allowing a better understanding of people in their environment. And to illustrate the humanitarian philosophy underlying Santé mentale au Québec, the founders have called upon the graphic artist, Louis-Pierre Bougie, to illustrate its cover.

First focused on the work of professionals of the Centre de santé mentale communautaire, Santé mentale au Québec further widened its pool of contributors that has now reached more than 2000. These contributors represent all professions related to mental health without forgetting volunteers and consumers themselves who find in our journal a welcoming voice for the expression of their experiences. In order to express its openness at an international level, our journal has recruited, aside form its Canadian and Quebec contributors, collaborators from more than 40 countries. Contribution is also institutional, Santé mentale au Québec publishing joint issues with other European journals.

Santé mentale au Québec has the status of a scientific journal functioning with a peer review committee and an editorial board. The editorial board is multidisciplinary and represents both clinical and research fields in mental health. Santé mentale au Québec is indexed in various scientific databases including Medline. It is partly funded by public agencies on the basis of peer review committees. In order to better access the work of contributors, Santé mentale au Québec publishes summaries of each article in four languages: French, English, Spanish and Portuguese, the four languages of the Americas. The same applies to its website.

Thanks to the university’s collaboration, Santé mentale au Québec offers its readership the possibility of consulting previous articles on the following websites:
Except for the articles from the past three years, all other articles previously published are available full-length and free of charge. Santé mentale au Québec is available in print and electronic formats. Please consult our subscription section for various prices.

Santé mentale au Québec has remained loyal for the past 30 years to its initial objectives: respond to the needs of improving knowledge of mental health professionals, and education of college and university students in the various disciplines involved in this field of activity (psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, etc), as well as serve as a rapprochement between research and clinical milieus in the perspective of improving the quality of interventions in mental health. Adapting to the concerns of various periods, our journal has succeeded in rallying all mental health professionals around mobilizing themes, and reflect their preoccupations and conceptualisations. Santé mentale au Québec has been the mirror of development of mental health in Québec. The credit goes to our many contributors and our loyal readers.

Santé mentale au Québec receives funding from the following public agencies: the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Santé mentale au Québec wishes to acknowledge their financial support.