Launch of a student-run podcast, “COVID-19 – Sors de ma tête”

A podcast about the psychological consequences and repercussions of the pandemic


Sors de ma tête is a podcast series broadcast of 4 episodes hosted by Justine Fortin and Marjolaine Rivest-Beauregard, two Master's students (in Psychology at the University of Montreal, and in Psychiatry at McGill University-Douglas Research Centre, respectively). The COVID-19 pandemic has been an extraordinary event that has had serious consequences such as significant and lasting psychological repercussions. Each episode focuses on different reactions (emotional, physiological and behavioural), while the final episode deals with the influence of media on mental health. Starting with a lay-version of their research project, the two students rely on testimonials, as well as on interviews with an expert and an influencer, to have open discussions.

The 4 episodes are available every Wednesday from May 19 on the COVID-19 Youtube channel COVID-19: Sors de ma tête, as well as in audio on Balado Quebec, Spotify and Apple Music.

Illustration : Michael Descharles @hoody_chemi

An international research project shows that young adults (18-30 years) have higher levels of psychological distress than older groups. With the pandemic still having a strong impact on us, the goal of the project is to educate young people between the ages of 18 and 30 about their mental health in these difficult times through a podcast (accessible via audio and video). The results of the study are prsented and discussed between the facilitators, Justine Fortin and Marjolaine Rivest-Beauregard (Master's students), an expert, an influencer, and the community, using testimonials. The guests and the community also have the opportunity to share their concerns and difficulties with the expert, whether about health, instructions, misinformation, coping mechanisms, etc. 

The podcast is comprised of four episodes – availiable on Wednesdays:

  • May 19, 2021: Emotional reactions during the pandemic, with Alain Brunet, PhD, and clinical psychologist, as well as Cassandra Bouchard (over 100k followers on Instagram and YouTube)

  • May 26, 2021: Physiological reactions (stress and anxiety) during the pandemic, with Professor Marie-France Marin and Claudie Mercier (over 100k followers on Instagram and YouTube)

  • June 2, 2021: Behavioural reactions during the pandemic, la Professor Catherine Laurier, psychologist by training, as well as Pascal-Hugo Cantin (over 100k followers on Instagram and YouTube and entrepreneur

  • June 9, 2021: The influence of media on mental health during the pandemic, with Professor Alexandre Coutant, PhD and Charlie Day (over 10k followers on Instagram and conent creator on YouTube)

This podcast project is one of 11 winners of a $10,000 grant from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec aimed at creating awareness among young people on the different consequences of the pandemic. The project was created and developed by three students: Justine Fortin (Master's student in Psychology at Université de Montréal), Marjolaine Rivest-Beauregard (Master's student in Psychiatrie at McGill-Douglas Research Centre), and Rémi Paré-Beauchemin (Master's student in Psychoeducation at Université de Sherbrooke).

Where to follow podcast?

  • YouTube Channel: COVID-19: Sors de ma tête

  • BaladoQuébec: COVID-19 : Sors de ma tête (available once the first episode has aired on May 19, 2021)