COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative

COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative

Many Canadians are feeling the stress of self-isolation, as well as worry and anxiety regarding their health and their economic future. As the national COVID-19 pandemic response continues, it is clear that Canadians are experiencing a collective traumatic event. Furthermore, the Canadian healthcare system is under immense pressure due not only to the physical effects COVID-19 is having on our population, but also as a result of increased demand on mental health services — including those for problematic substance use.

To support the mental health of all Canadians and address the increase in needs during this unprecedented time, CIHR-INMHA is leading the development of a COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative — a proactive response to provide urgent knowledge and evidence to support decision-making throughout the mental health responses to the pandemic. This Initiative is a collaboration with Health Canada (HC), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and five additional CIHR Institutes.

About

The CMH Initative was created to support the mental health and substance use needs of Canadians in the COVID-19 context.

Working groups

Funding Partners

Timeline

Research

Read the latest research on Canadian mental health and substance use challenges in the COVID-19 context.

Syntheses and Reports

CRISM COVID-19 National Rapid Guidance

Funding

Funding for a CIHR COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative.

Rapid and Near-Term Research Funding

Funding opportunities

Wellness Resources

While we are not a mental health service provider, we can lead you to credible, evidence-based resources you can trust.

Learn more

News

Government of Canada and provincial partners support research addressing mental health impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians
October 9, 2020

As the national COVID-19 pandemic response continues, the Government of Canada and provincial partners are joining forces to address the mental health and substance use challenges facing Canadians, which have increased because of the pandemic.

Meet new members of the COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative Expert Advisory Panel
October 8, 2020

From the outset of the COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative, the external Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) has been a crucial resource to identify and advise on knowledge gaps, supporting Canadians’ mental health and substance use needs during the pandemic.

Digital mental health treatment just as effective as in-person therapy: study
October 2, 2020

Researchers from the COVID-19 and Mental Health Initiative knowledge synthesis funding opportunity focus on post-traumatic stress injuries to Canadian military personnel, veterans and public safety personnel during COVID-19.

More news

Contact information

Telephone: 613-954-1968
Toll Free: 1-888-603-4178
Email: COVID19MH-COVID19SM@cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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