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.


Fundraising for MHRC

MHRC welcomes organizations and individuals who want to raise funds on our behalf. We ask that you,  as a third-party fundraiser, contact us at the start of the process to ensure adherence to our policies and procedures. We also encourage donors to contact us if anyone needs to confirm our association with a fundraising initiative.

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


Mental Health Research Canada welcomed three new members at its latest board meeting as part of its ongoing commitment to grow its board to better serve all Canadians.

“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 University of Alberta (@UAlberta) study suggests kindergarten-aged children who spend 2+ hours a day in front of screens are 5 times more likely to be inattentive and 7 times more likely to display ADHD symptoms than those who watch 30 min. or less.


Check out @ErinAnderssen piece on how research suggests suicide is a subject adults must be prepared to raise with their young children. #SuicidePrevention @MHRCanada #https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadian-researchers-find-sharp-increase-in-suicide-attempts-by/

Incredible opportunity to participate in the mental health forum on mental health parity as a Mental Health Research Canada @MHRCanada delegate. Excited and energized by deep dialogue around equity, collaboration and new ways forward! @StFXSociology @stfxuniversity @MajidJowhari https://t.co/ThZZ7poarU

The Parliamentary Mental Health Caucus brought together organizations, advocates, and researchers for strong conversations on the road forward. As elected representatives, we heard and we listened. Wonderful to be joined by @MHCC_ @MHRC @CMHA_NTL and PS for Health, @PamDamoff

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