Everything you need to know about LESPOIR's actualities

Innovative treatments for social anxiety

April 21, 2021



Social anxiety, in addition to worsening the prognosis of schizophrenia, generally hinders the social recovery of those affected. Thus, it is essential to have effective treatments that meet the needs of people with both social anxiety and psychotic disorder or schizophrenia.


Our team has developed 2 innovative treatments for social anxiety, including one using mindfulness and virtual reality.


The innovative aspect of our project has also encouraged the company Canada Life to support us, through the Foundation of the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, to help young people who have social anxiety (alone or with psychotic disorder). This video provides an overview of these interventions using new technologies.

Are you interested? If you are between 14 and 30 years old, you could participate for free !

Click here for more information!

ChillTime at the Technopsy21 congress

March 17, 2021

Our ChillTime mobile application was presented at the Technopsy21 congress which took place from March 15 to 19, 2021.


Technopsy21 is an international event showcasing how technology can support people living with psychoses, psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders and other related disorders. Tania Lecomte (director of LESPOIR) was part of the scientific committee of this online congress for the general public.


All the presentations made at this congress are available online to all for free. This video provides an overview of the ChillTime app.


For more information on Technopsy21 or to view the video clips presented there, visit:

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December 5, 2019

Le Journal de Montréal presents in its last article the project of one of our students: Antoine Pennou.

The project involves a mobile application intended to help people struggling with psychological disorders.​

The app, called ChillTime, is not intended to replace a visit to a professional, but rather to offer an additional tool to people living with a mental health disorder.


For more information, here is the link:

January 30, 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020 was the first meeting of the Canadian Network for Research on Schizophrenia and Psychoses, at the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal.


This event brought together more than fifty people from the health network, academia, but also people living with schizophrenia or psychosis, as well as their relatives.


This new network was initiated by researcher and psychologist Tania Lecomte (director of LESPOIR) and several other collaborators from establishments in Quebec and Canada. It aims to bring together stakeholders from the world of schizophrenia and psychosis, to develop sustained collaborations and to advance science.



Those interested in being part of this network can contact the CR-IUSMM at the following address:

October 9, 2019

In recent years, psychotherapy with people with psychotic symptoms has made great strides and has developed many tools for better intervention.


We wanted to introduce you to interesting techniques from CBT. Thus Tania Lecomte offers us training: Intervening with people who have psychotic symptoms.


You will learn how to:


1. Distinguish the symptoms and diagnoses related to psychotic disorders

2. Know the different challenges specific to this clientele

3. Develop skills related to psychotherapy with this clientele.


Location: online (click here to learn how it works).

Duration: 3h

Launch price: $ 120

Accreditation: OPQ and CCPA


Information and registration by clicking here

The training is only offered in French.



May 1, 2019

Congratulation to the friendly Amélie Cadieux, who won an IPAD for her participation in a study in collaboration with CRIPCAS on child maltreatment, social cognition and romantic breakup.

For those who were wondering: YES people really receive prizes to participate in our studies!

Stay tuned, we will need other participants very soon!



April 19, 2019

Our Research team with Professors Audrey Brassard and Isabelle Daigneault received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study mental health and resilience in youth who experienced a romantic breakup.

A romantic breakup can trigger distress for many, and even trigger a first episode of depression or psychosis ... this study will provide a better understanding of the roles of sociocognitive factors, attachment, resilience and trauma in romantic breakup ajdustment.

Keep an eye open, recruitment will begin soon!



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