Our world. Made better.
Through mental health research.

MHRC has stepped up in this global crisis which has become a mental health crisis, in addition to a physical health and economic one. Fear, anxiety, job loss and social isolation are taking their toll on all Canadians. If you would like to support our efforts to advance critically needed mental health research, please donate at PayPal Giving.

We advance outcomes-driven mental health knowledge
that betters the lives of all Canadians.

Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is a national charitable organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Canadians by advancing mental health knowledge. We advance new research that is focused on practical outcomes for Canadians. We also share knowledge to encourage stakeholders to implement best practices.

We achieve our mission via an effective three-pronged approach:

  • We listen to stakeholders.
  • We collaborate with partners.
  • We fill knowledge gaps and avoid duplication.

MHRC partners with Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health on 3 new grants

For grant eligibility, deadline and application portal, visit our Apply for Funding section.

NEW Application Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020 by midnight!

For grant information and application details, visit our Apply for Funding section.

Read about the winners and their innovative projects under Our Research section.

MHRC conducts largest ongoing poll of Canadian mental health

MHRC is collecting and analyzing one of the largest ongoing datasets in Canada that measures the effect of COVID-19 on the mental health of Canadians. Our poll collects a comprehensive set of demographic, geographic and mental health data; it will be conducted at multiple intervals throughout the year, with 2,000 to 4,000 Canadians participating. We will monitor any potential impacts of future waves as well as during the recovery period.

We have noted a dramatic increase in high levels of anxiety and depression, along with specific concerns around job security and economic fallout.

For the results of our latest poll, check out Our Research section, or access our Summary Report of Key Survey Findings or Full Report.

Mental Health Research Canada



One in five Canadians is living with mental illness, affecting not only their health but also their quality of life. On top of the physical and emotional costs, mental illness costs Canada a minimum of $50 billion annually. Yet, despite over 20% of Canadians being affected, mental health-related spending, public and private, amounts to about 7% per year. When you consider the current mental health realities of COVID-19, the need for mental health research has never been greater. That’s why MHRC has heightened its focus on developing creative and collaborative partnerships to generate the evidence-based research and solutions we need now in our dramatically changing world.


TODAY: 11 Canadians will end their lives.

THIS WEEK: 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to their mental health and why we started the initiative Workplace Mental Health (www.WorkplaceMH.ca).

THIS YEAR: 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental illness, impacting their families, caregivers and communities.

#ICYMI... Sept. 30th at midnight is the deadline for #research #proposals for MHRC & @CYMH_ON's for 3 #grants worth up to $100K each! We want to advance #innovative #solutions on the #impacts of #COVID19 on #mentalhealth of Ontario's #children & #youth. https://t.co/BtweDWYxgf

#ICYMI... Sept. 30th at midnight is the deadline for #research #proposals for MHRC & @CYMH_ON's for 3 #grants worth up to $100K each! We want to advance #innovative #solutions on the #impacts of #COVID19 on #mentalhealth of Ontario's #children & #youth. https://t.co/RvtG9qkrpj

Calling all Saskatchewan-based researchers! The deadline for our #Covid19 mental health impact grant with partner @_SHRF_ has been extended to October 16th, to give all those who wish to apply enough time to prepare their applications! Find out more at https://t.co/RvtG9qkrpj!

Just under 2 weeks left to apply for our 50k grant in partnership with @_SHRF_ on the mental health impact of Covid-19 in Saskatchewan! If you're an eligible researcher based in SK, apply now! @UofRegina @usask @SaskHealth @SaskPolytech @parklandcollege @STM_College

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