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A tool to observe and act before the psychosis strikes.



You are the spouse, mother, father, brother, sister, uncle, aunt or friend.

You are concerned about one relative.


You are a professional who works with youth in the social services or educational network.

You are concerned about the mental health of a young person you know.


You are young and you wonder why your friend, your brother, your sister, or even your classmate behaves strangely.

Less than 30 years old? More information here.

What is the refer-O-scope ?

The goal of the tool presented here is to help relatives, loved ones and education and health professionals identify the potential signs of psychosis in at-risk individuals.

Why ?

By spotting the early warning signs of the disease, you can help minimize its adverse effects and be proactive in seeking out professional help.

Researchers have demonstrated that a preventive approach helps decrease the devastating effects of psychosis on the brain and on the person's frame of mind and relationships, in addition to improving quality of life for the people with the illness and their families.

The refer-O-scope addresses concrete concerns, as once psychosis symptoms appear, those close to the person may wonder how they missed the first signs of the illness.

This questionnaire is therefore meant to guide your observations. Once you have completed the questionnaire, you will receive a recommendation and a list of care and support resources in your region that can give you the assistance that best fits your situation. The tool collects as much data as possible to help you explain the situation to a health care professional, if necessary.

No matter what recommendation you receive, don't hesitate to consult a health care professional if you still have concerns.

How to use it ?

If you would like to keep the questionnaire after filling it out, you will be able to download or print it. Otherwise, the answers you provide will not be saved on the server.

The refer-O-scope does not allow you to stop mid-way through, meaning that you can't save your answers and continue at a later time. The questionnaire has to be filled out in a single session.

Don't hesitate to read the pop-up boxes, which can help you answer certain questions. Warning! Do not fall into the trap of establishing your own diagnosis. Only a health care professional with expertise in this field is able to diagnose psychosis.

This tool is accessible via the Web and available as a mobile application for smartphones and other touch tablets.

The refer-O-scope contains links to third-party Web sites. These links are provided for your convenience only and do not represent a recommendation or promotion on the part of the SQS for any third-party Web site or its content.

This tool is yours. Make it work for you! Less then 30 minutes to understand and to help.

Key players

Scientific committee

  • Me Odette Beaudoin — Parent Representative and President of the Board of Directors, SQS
  • Ginette Comtois — Psychologist in Occupational Rehabilitation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal
  • Francine Dubé — Executive Director of the SQS and Project Manager
  • Jean-François Pelletier — Researcher, Centre de recherche Fernand-Séguin
  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Rodriguez — Psychiatrist, Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur
  • Dr. Emmanuel Stip — Psychiatrist, CHUM – Hôpital Notre-Dame
  • Dr. Marie Villeneuve — Psychiatrist, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal


  • Nicky Aumond — President, P.A.I.R. Inc., Focus group organization and content translation
  • Danièle Blais — Research Assistant
  • Amy Butcher — Revision of English content
  • Jean-Gabriel Daneault — R1 Resident, Psychiatry
  • Hélène Jolin — Vice-President, P.A.I.R. Inc., Focus group organization and conception and development of the tool
  • Me Sébastien Lormeau – Legal Advisor
  • Andrée Quiviger — Revision of French content
  • Karina Sieres — Advisor, Management and Special Projects
  • Ginette Comtois — Psychologist in Occupational Rehabilitation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal
  • Dr. Marie Villeneuve — Psychiatrist, Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal

Partner organizations

  • Les Amis de la santé mentale Banlieue Ouest–Friends for Mental Health
  • La Boussole
  • L’Alternative
  • Programme québécois Pairs Aidants Réseau
  • Association québécoise des psychologues scolaires
  • La Lueur de l’espoir du Bas-St-Laurent
  • Centre Jeunesse de Montréal – Institut universitaire
  • First Psychotic Episodes Program at Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine.

Experts consulted

  • Dr. Amal Abdel-Baki — Psychiatrist, Hôpital Notre-Dame
  • Diane Aubin — Psychologist and Clinical Consultant, Dans la rue
  • Dr. Marie-Ève Cotton — Psychiatrist, Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine
  • Dr. Kia Faridi — Psychiatrist, Douglas Institute
  • Dr. Sylvain Grignon — Psychiatrist, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke – Hôtel-Dieu
  • André Jauron — Occupational Therapist, Clinique Cormier-Lafontaine
  • Dr. Ashok Malla — Psychiatrist, Douglas Institute
  • Antonio Maturo — Director, Portage
  • Dr. Luc Nicole — Psychiatrist, Hôpital Louis-H. Lafontaine

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