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

We advance outcomes-driven mental health research
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 the 1 in 5 Canadians living with mental illness, as well as their families, friends, caregivers and communities. We do this by advancing evidence-based mental health research that is problem-solving, cost-effective and usable in the real world.

We all have mental health. Mental health is the foundation for our emotions, thinking, communication, learning, resilience and self-esteem. It allows us to form healthy personal and professional relationships, sustain our emotional well-being, and contribute to our workplace and society. Mental illness occurs when a mental health disorder or condition disrupts our normal functioning. By the time Canadians turn 40 years old, 50% of us will have – or have had – a mental illness.

Because MHRC is committed to building knowledge that will have deep impact with Canadians, we place at the centre of our research process those who will use it – people with lived experience. We also consult and partner with other funders and stakeholders, including other mental health organizations, social agencies, entrepreneurs, business and government, in order to transform treatments, prevention programs and services in creative and collaborative ways.

We are building on the 55-year mental health research legacy of our predecessor organization, the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, with a heightened focus on innovation and practical application.

MHRC & IAM Research Challenge Now Closed

The Call for Proposals for the MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION PRIZE, created by MHRC and the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), is now closed!

We thank all the innovators and researchers who applied. We are thrilled by the high-calibre quality of applications.

Next step: The Mental Health Innovation Prize Advisory Group will review and evaluate all submitted Letters of Intent and then select the semi-finalists who will be invited by email to submit their Full Proposal.

MHRC and IAM look forward to announcing the winning innovator(s) or researcher(s) in the New Year!

MHRC joins forces with Mood Disorders Society of Canada

MHRC has signed an agreement with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) to partner on future mental health initiatives. Going forward, MHRC and MDSC also hope to collaborate with other organizations to advance mental health in Canada. Read more!

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#mentalhealth advocates Prince Harry & Ed Sheeran share an important message on #WMHD - that not just today but every day, look after yourself, your friends & those around you. Share how you’re feeling, ask how someone is doing, listen for the answer. We're all in this together.

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"Look out for anybody who might be suffering in silence."

Prince Harry and @edsheeran team up to raise mental health awareness this #WorldMentalHealthDay

Watch more videos like this here: https://t.co/q57xjLRoUJ

Deadline is tonight!! All submissions for the Mental Health Innovation Prize must be submitted by 11:59PM tonight to be considered for a prize of up to $100,000. @MentalHealthIAM #youthsuicide #youthmentalhealth #MentalHealthAwareness

CEO @AkelaPeoples of @MHRCanada & National Executive Director Dave Gallson of @MoodDisordersCa have signed an agreement to join forces & work together on mental illness priorities, focusing on advancing evidence-based mental health research that can be applied to the real world!

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