The Quebec Association of Proprietor Pharmacists (AQPP) has released new data on the use of antidepressants in Quebec during COVID-19 — and some of the findings are "worrisome," according to a press release published by the AQPP on February 18.\nThe association found that antidepressant usage in Quebecers aged 18 to 34 increased by 9.5% from 2019 to 2020. It also found a "considerable increase" in new antidepressant users aged 65 and over. \nEditor's Choice: Quebec Public Health's Advice Has Been Revealed & It Hinted More Regions Could Go Orange\n\n\n\n9.5%\n\n\nIncrease in antidepressant usage in Quebecers aged 18 to 34 \n\n\nThis "significant" one-year increase led the AQPP to do an analysis, the statement says, which confirmed the "link between the current pandemic and the upsurge in the use of medication for mental health problems."\nThe analysis also found that the length of treatment needed for mental health issues increased across all age groups during the same period, which it says "is a very representative indicator of the severity of the impact of the pandemic."\nWhile March and April 2020 saw a general increase, the trend was reversed in May as Quebec moved out of its confinement period.\nHowever, since August — or the start of the second wave of COVID-19 in Quebec, when many Quebecers were forced into confinement for the second time — antidepressant consumption rose, according to the AQPP.\nThis shows that confinement could very well have a major impact on antidepressant usage in Quebec. \nThe AQPP said that over the next few weeks, Quebec community pharmacists will monitor their patients for early warning symptoms related to mental health or anxiety. \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.