COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Research

The GID-COVID Project: Gender and Intervention in Addiction with Individuals in Situations of Social Precarity in the Context of a Pandemic

Key Messages

  • Individuals in situations of social precarity who are dealing with problematic substance use run a higher risk of contracting COVID-19. Priority must therefore go toward making them aware of health measures that take into account substance use and the living conditions of marginalized populations.
  • During the pandemic, a range of measures must be developed to ensure access to a continuum of harm reduction and treatment services. Certain essential activities, particularly outreach work, must likewise be maintained.
  • Sexual and gender diversity must factor into the adaptation of services during the pandemic to prevent further health inequities, especially for women and members of sexual and gender minorities who are dealing with substance use.


  • Dependency
  • Psychoactive substances
  • Social precarity
  • Homelessness
  • Mental health
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Harm reduction
  • Treatment
  • Services


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Karine Bertrand, Université de Sherbrooke; Canada Research Chair on Gender and Intervention in Addiction; Scientific Director, Institut universitaire sur les dépendances (IUD)scientifique, Institut universitaire sur les dépendances (IUD)
  • Martin Camiré (CSSMTL-IUD)
  • Jorge Flores Aranda (UQAM)
  • Dr. Marie-Ève Goyer (U. de Montréal, CSSMTL-IUD)
  • Mathieu Goyette (UQAM)
  • Marie Jauffret Roustide (INSERM, Paris, France)
  • Dr. Julie Loslier (DSP-Montérégie, U. de Sherbrooke)
  • David-Martin Milot (U. de Sherbrooke, DSP-Montérégie)
  • Vincent Wagner (IUD)
  • Caroline Leblanc (U. de Sherbrooke)
  • Chelsea Groethé (Cactus)
  • Carl Tardif (Université de Sherbrooke)

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Vulnerable or At-Risk Populations, People Who Use Drugs (PWUD) and Substance Us


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