Police officers from the Tactical Intervention Group (GTI) of the Service de police de la Ville de Sherbrooke rappelled down the facade of the main entrance to Hôpital Fleurimont, in the Eastern Townships, to surprise sick children on Monday morning. .
During their descent, they took the time to stop at the window of the young people of the pediatric unit, who were all smiles when they saw them.
“For me to do that I feel privileged,” said one of the three police officers who participated in the activity. “It allows me to have contact with them and with the distance, it is perhaps the best contact we can have. It’s a bit of giving back to the next and that’s a great pleasure, ”he continued.
In addition to encouraging young people in their fight against disease, this activity launched the 4th provincial edition of the Défi Gendarme de fer, which is inspired by police training.
The population can participate provided they form teams of 6 people who will collectively raise $ 1,500.
The money raised during this sporting challenge will be used to fund 5 pediatric research projects on the mental health of children and adolescents. And after 16 months of the pandemic, it seems the needs are great.
“This is one of the things that affected them,” said Dr. Frédéric Dallaire, cardiologist and pediatrician at the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS, to TVA Nouvelles. “They haven’t had very serious infections, they haven’t been hospitalized for respiratory infections, but I think they’ve suffered a lot from the pandemic, from the isolation and from not going to. school, ”he added.
Anxiety, depression, and even eating disorders are among the subjects of funded research.
Isabelle Thibault, professor in the psychoeducation department of the University of Sherbrooke, for her part, is trying to understand how and why problematic eating attitudes and behaviors develop in children, in a research project.
“Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen the number of problems with anorexia and bulimia increase in adolescents. We know that there has been an increase in problematic behavior among adults as well. In children, it is very little studied, but there is no reason to believe that if it increased in other age groups it did not increase in children, ”explained the researcher.
The Iron Gendarme Challenge will take place on October 2.
The goal is to raise $ 150,000.