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.


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



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 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.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative Summer Outlook
June 25, 2020

As we move into the summer months, the COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative continues to grow and produce knowledge regarding mental health and substance use in the COVID-19 context...

Lakehead researcher developing resources to support firefighter mental health during COVID-19
June 15, 2020

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has awarded Lakehead University’s Dr. Kathryn Sinden with a $49,968 Knowledge Synthesis COVID-19 rapid response grant to spend six months developing resources to support...

New Funding Opportunity Launches Today
June 10, 2020

As a part of the Government of Canada’s continued rapid response to address major health challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the third funding opportunity in CIHR’s COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative...

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