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.

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News

Competition results: COVID-19 Mental Health and Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery
October 28, 2020

Message from the Scientific Director, Dr. Samuel Weiss

UCalgary researchers receive support for COVID-19 mental health projects
October 15, 2020

Studies to focus on greater understanding and improved supports for children, moms and families.

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.

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Contact information

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

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