Help us build a world where mental health and physical health are treated equally.

Every day, we devote our energy to accelerating the integration of technology and adopting innovative, non-pharmacological approaches to prevent and treat mental health disorders.

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A reality that affects us all

Mental health disorders impact the entire population:

We believe that traditional approaches to mental health can be revolutionized.


Innovative treatments

Axel is accelerating the integration of technology to create effective solutions that make it easier to detect and manage mental health issues.


We use innovative technology to enhance existing treatments and develop new ones that help the population better detect mental health issues.


Thanks to applied research, we are designing new approaches to therapy that can be developed in less than three years.


We are developing innovative, non-pharmacological approaches that enhance current treatments.


We validate and distribute existing technological solutions that help detect, manage and treat mental health disorders.


We work to improve care and facilitate access to treatments that are tested and developed according to the highest standards.

Montréal Declaration Responsible AI

As a signatory to the Montreal Declaration for the Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence, we are committed to promoting the development of new mental health technologies for the well-being of each and every one of us.

Our work has already made big impacts

The projects we’ve developed generate concrete results that encourage us every day to further our research.

... Telepsychotherapy

Telepsychotherapy allows patients to receive effective psychotherapeutic treatments when they don’t have access to specialized professionals.


This mobile application provides support to youth who’ve been affected by bullying, giving them information and strategies to deal with the situation.

... Avatars and virtual reality

This treatment method is promising to mitigate the impact of auditory hallucinations on schizophrenic patients who are resistant to the usual therapies.

... iSMART

The app was developed by mental health researchers to aid people in managing chronic stress.

... Getting Better My Way

This self-management support tool can help people living with anxiety, depression or bipolar disorder.

... SecurApp

SecurApp was created for persons of the age of majority in Quebec and Canada who want to have access to a support when experiencing difficult situations.


Our team

The Axel Center consists of a co-management and an advisory committee.

The Chairs

The management of the Centre Axel is jointly assumed by the Research Director of CR-IUSMM, Dr. Stéphane Guay and a CR-IUSMM researcher, Dr. Isabelle Ouellet-Morin.

Stéphane Guay Co-director, Centre Axel

Isabelle Ouellet-Morin Co-director, Centre Axel

Advisory Committee

To be sure that the strategic orientations of the Centre Axel are consistent with the realities of the different members of the ecosystem, an Advisory Committee guides the main orientations of the Centre Axel.

Jonathan Brière

Jérôme Dussault

Ted Hill

Paul L’Espérance

Thi Be Nguyen

Luc Sirois


Make a real difference

We believe that technology can play a major role in helping people accept mental health issues and making treatment more accessible and effective. Many challenges lay ahead still and we need your help to go further. To learn more about fund governance, visit the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal Foundation website.