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, 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, 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 is now closed!

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

Next step: An Advisory Group will evaluate all submitted Letters of Intent and then select those who will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Stay tuned!

MHRC has
two new partners!

Breaking news! We are joining forces with the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health to collaborate on several research projects. Check back to our website for details!

We’re also excited about our new partnership with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to collaborate on future mental health initiatives. Read more!

Mental Health Research Canada

The need for the Canadian Indigenous Cognitive Assessment #CICA was established in 2010 with #Indigenous #CBPR research funded by @AlzheimerCanada, @MHRCanada (OMHF). The adaptation was funded by @ccna_ccnv, validation by @CIHR_IRSC to @Kristen_Jacklin @waynewarry @jencandlish

Join the Digital Health Week (Nov. 11-17) conversation by tweeting #thinkdigitalhealth. Digital health is transforming the delivery of care across Canada! #innovation #mentalhealth

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