Our world. Made better.
Through mental health research.

MHRC is stepping up in this global crisis which is soon to 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 and partners across Canada will soon be announcing a multiple-province call for research proposals! Stay tuned for details!

How do we support our youth to be more resilient and prevent instances of suicide? That was the impetus  behind Canada’s first-ever Canada-wide Mental Health Innovation Prize. 

Two Prizes valued at $50,000 each have been awarded to two innovative solutions:

  • The narrative of Harry Potter to teach coping skills and resilience to middle schoolers, and
  • Online group interventions to support youth living with psychosis in remote communities.

Read more under Our Research section.

MHRC and Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) are pleased to announce their partnership to support local research that will examine the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of children and families.

The need for mental health research has never been greater. Before COVID-19, one in five Canadians had been living with mental illness, affecting their health and quality of life. Now, the number of Canadians experiencing high anxiety levels have quadrupled and those with high depression levels have doubled, according to MHRC’s recent national survey.

SHRF is the provincial funding agency that funds, supports and promotes the impact of health research that matters to Saskatchewan, by collaborating with partners like MHRC to support local researchers to help find homegrown solutions to the health challenges the province faces.

At the core of MHRC and SHRF’s partnership is a values-based approach. Both organizations are committed to supporting relevant, stakeholder-driven research that meets the highest standards of excellence via a rigorous peer-review process. Together, our impact will be greater – advancing innovative research and evidence-based solutions to improve the lives of the people of Saskatchewan people and indeed all of Canada.

Stay tuned – details on MHRC and SHRF’s funding opportunity will be coming soon on our websites and on social media!

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.

Stay tuned! @MHRCanada & partners will be announcing a multiple-province #researchcall on the impact of #COVID19 on the #mentalhealth of #children, #youth & #families in Canada. Visit https://t.co/RvtG9qkrpj for updates! #mentalhealthresearch #funding #grants

Today is International #SelfCare Day. Be kind to yourself - and always! Now, more than ever, all of us need to look out for our #wellbeing and #mentalhealth. Stay safe, but stay connected too. @MHRCanada

We're proud to team up with #Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation @_SHRF_ to support local #research that will examine the effects of #COVID19 on the #mentalhealth of #children and #families. Stay tuned for more details! #funding #grants #MHRC #researchmatters

We teamed up with @MentalHealthIAM on a #research challenge to help combat #youth #suicide. Read about the #innovators - Mark Sinyor & Christopher Bowie - and their respective winning projects at https://t.co/RvtG9qkrpj. @profbowie #mentalhealth #peersupport #suicideprevention

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