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.
OPENING IN LATE AUGUST: A Call for Proposals
Are you an innovator or researcher interested in youth mental health?
Stay tuned for details about the new Canada-wide Mental Health Innovation Prize - a bold research challenge jointly created by MHRC and the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), an initiative of the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.
A new study is exploring whether streams of information from mobile devices can help to predict when a teen is at imminent risk of attempting suicide! #youthmentalhealth
Pleased to be partnering with @MentalHealthIAM on the first-ever MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION PRIZE -- a bold, new research challenge. The call for innovative proposals will be opening in late August! Stay tuned! #YouthMentalHealth #YouthSuicide #MentalHealthSolutions
Are you an innovator or researcher interested in youth mental health? Stay tuned for details about the new Canada-wide Mental Health Innovation Prize. @MHRCanada & @MentalHealthIAM jointly created this bold research challenge.
Call for Proposals opening in late August!
On International Youth Day, #HealthForAll includes mental health. Young people (age 15 to 24) are more likely to experience mental illness or substance use disorders than any other age group. In Canada, 3.2 million young people (age 12 to 19) are at risk of developing depression.
PLEASE NOTE: This site does NOT provide medical advice, nor is it a substitute for seeking help. ALWAYS seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions or concerns about your mental health and well-being.