A recent survey found that a majority of university students in Quebec suffer from psychological distress\nNow, the union behind the study, students, and MNAs are calling on the provincial government to act.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nThe month of November is gray and dull. It begins to get darker earlier, it's colder, and the sun and its vitamin D are more precious. And if you're a Quebec university student, then you have to add courses, assignments, exams, and all the stress and pressure to succeed that comes with the end of the semester. It's a lot to handle all that. A new survey from the Quebec Student Union (UEQ) revealed that almost 60% of university students in Quebec suffer from psychological distress.\nIn fact, this pan-Quebec inquiry, called "Under your facade" ("Sous ta façade" in French), studied the psychological and mental health of university students in the province.\nIn total, 23,881 students across Quebec responded to a questionnaire on the subject and the results are quite alarming.\n58% of university students have a high level of psychological distress, according to the UEQ.\nAccording to the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services, "psychological distress results from a set of negative emotions that, when they are persistent in an individual, can lead to important health consequences such as depression and anxiety" (translated from French).\n"The figures are very worrying, especially with regard to depressive symptoms and suicide attempts," says Philippe LeBel, president of the UEQ.\n⚠️ Près de 60 % des étudiants-es universitaires présenteraient un niveau élevé de détresse psychologique ;⚠️ Près de 20 % ont des symptômes dépressifs nécessitant un soutien médical ou psychologique ;⚠️ 9 % rapportent avoir eu des idées suicidaires.#polqc #soustafaçade https://t.co/bDfVAq4uNJ— UEQ (@UnionEtudiante) November 19, 2019\nIn fact, the survey found that one in five students suffers from fairly serious depression symptoms that require psychological care.\nIn comparison to the general population, twice as many students have made suicide attempts and three times more have had suicidal thoughts.\nWith this survey, the UEQ wants the government to put in place "a national policy to improve students' psychological health," added Mr. Lebel.\nNotre président @PhilLeBel20 est en point de presse à l’Assemblée nationale pour présenter le rapport de santé psychologique avec les portes-paroles des partis d’oppostion! @marwahrizqy @MeganneMelancon @GNadeauDubois #soustafaçade #polqc pic.twitter.com/AVhrhDeILt— UEQ (@UnionEtudiante) November 19, 2019\nThe UEQ also held a press briefing Tuesday morning at the National Assembly of Quebec to present this report and put pressure on the government to act. Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois of Québec Solidaire joined Mr. Lebel.\nComment on règle ça? Il faut:💰 Lutter contre la précarité financière des étudiants;👨⚕️ Réinvestir dans les services de première ligne;⚕️Inclure les soins psychologiques dans la couverture de la RAMQ;📄 Développer des plans de prévention dans les établissements.— Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois (@GNadeauDubois) November 19, 2019\nThe FAÉCUM, which brings together all the student associations of the Université de Montréal, also highlighted the urgent need for action on these findings.\nL’@UnionEtudiante vient de dévoiler les résultats de son enquête sur la santé psychologique étudiante qui corroborent ceux de l’enquête #ÇaVa? menée par la @FAECUM en 15-16, et qui témoignent, encore une fois, de l'urgence d'agir. #polQC #soustafaçadehttps://t.co/aJ2qsrHKyp— FAÉCUM (@FAECUM) November 19, 2019\nThe UEQ, therefore, calls for strategies to reduce loneliness, improve support among colleagues, and reduce competition between them, in addition to reducing financial precariousness and improving the habits of students.\nIf you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of harming themselves, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a local helpline which is available 24-hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional support resources.\nIf you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.\nSupport is available.\nThis article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.