Our world. Made better.
Through mental health research.

TODAY: 11 Canadians will end their lives.

THIS WEEK: 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health.

THIS YEAR: Families, communities and caregivers will be impacted as 1 in 5 Canadians experiences mental illness.

We fund mental health research
that betters the lives of Canadians.

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) funds innovative mental health research that addresses the urgent and specific needs of Canadians.

We engage with a diverse group of stakeholders nation-wide and all levels of government to determine the most pressing research questions. Then we put out a call for research submissions and select the best researchers in Canada to undertake the study.

The result: mental health research that serves the unique needs of individual communities from coast to coast to coast.

In advancing mental health for all Canadians, MHRC is also advancing Canada as a leader in mental health research around the world.


Call for research proposals!

Stay tuned for details in August.

Increasing diversity, gender and geographical representation key to growth of board and Mental Health Research Canada


“MHRC is a stakeholder-driven mental research organization, and we view our biggest stakeholder as being the one in five Canadians who are living with mental health. So we want our board to reflect our stakeholders, and that includes having board members with wide experience,” explains John Trainor, Chair of MHRC, the only charity in Canada that exclusively funds mental health research.

From Nova Scotia is Katie Aubrecht, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Canada Research Chair in Health Equity and Social Justice at St. Francis Xavier University. 

From Newfoundland is Lisa Browne, Chief Executive Officer of Stella’s Circle. 

From Saskatchewan is Caroline Tait, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan. 

Mental Health Research Canada is:

A vIrtual reality company aims to take its technology further: developing VR experiences that can enhance wellness for its users, in particular seniors with physical or cognitive challenges brought on by aging. #innovation #MentalHealthMatters

Excited to share the news that MHRC is partnering with a mental health organizations and we will be announcing a call for research proposals later in July! Stay tuned at https://t.co/RvtG9qkrpj #mentalhealth #MentalHealthAwareness

Akela Peoples@AkelaPeoples

Call for Proposals in Mental Health coming soon @MHRCanada Innovation. Prototypes. Research-informed. Visit https://t.co/04tFJSKvaq in the coming weeks for more info #mentalhealth #MentalHealthMatters #mentalillness

Kudos to James Maloney @j_maloney (MP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) for hosting his 4th annual townhall on mental health, with guest speakers MHRC CEO Akela Peoples, mental health advocate Jennifer Hartley, and reps from Gerstein Centre @gersteincrisis and Lamp Community Health Centre!

Akela Peoples@AkelaPeoples

Thank you James Maloney MP @j_maloney for inviting @MHRCanada as a speaker at tonight's community event on Mental Health

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