Our world. Made better.
Through mental health research.

TODAY: Ten Canadians will end their lives.

THIS WEEK: Half a million Canadians will miss work due to their mental health.

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

We fund mental health research that meets the needs 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.


MHRC is committed to gender parity and geographical diversity in the composition of our board. Currently, 25% of our members are women. By December 6, three outstanding leaders – Canada Research Chair Katie Aubrecht, Stella’s Circle CEO Lisa Browne, and medical anthropologist Caroline Tait – are set to join our board, advancing representation to 40%.

By no later than spring 2019, our board will achieve gender parity, if not greater. We will continually balance the composition of our board to reflect our ongoing commitment to gender parity and geographical diversity in our work to improve the lives of all Canadians.

Mental Health Research Canada is:


MARCH 2018: MHRC Celebrates Official Launch in Ottawa

JANUARY 2018: MHRC Seeks New Board Members

OCTOBER 2017: Mental Health Research Canada Begins Operations

Mental health problems and illnesses affect more people in Canada than some of the major physical disorders. Here are 5 stats to keep in mind.

Our Chair John Trainor and new member @AubrechtKatie at our December 5th meeting and Holiday Party! John led a great meeting and an even better holiday reception. #HolidaySpirit #MHRC #MHResearchMatters

Our third new member is Dr. Caroline Tait a medical anthropologist and professor a the Department of Psychiatry at the @usask. Dr. Tait is also apart of the Indigenous People's Health Research Centre -a collaborative initiate involving the @FNUNIVCAN. Welcome Dr. Tait!

We also welcomed @LisaBrowneNL as one of our new board members. Lisa is currently the CEO of @StellasCircle an organization recognized by the Canadian Volunteers Award for Social Innovation, Lisa is also a chair of the Center for Social Enterprise at @MemorialU. Welcome Lisa!

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