Calling all innovators and researchers in Canada! 

Are you up for a new, bold research challenge that focuses on making an impact and creating solutions to better youth mental health?

The Call for Proposals for a new, Canada-wide Mental Health Innovation Prize, valued at up to $100,000, is officially open. This exciting venture partners the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) with Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) to advance an existing early-stage support or prototype to better the lives of young Canadians.

Young people feel great pressure to succeed at school, home and play, and often don’t have the life experiences or the support to see them through tough times. Making matters worse, stigma and guilt can increase their reluctance to talk about their intense feelings. Research shows that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Young adults living with serious mental illness such as psychosis or schizophrenia, especially those who live in northern and remote regions of Canada, are at an even greater risk of suicide. Open communication and early interventions are needed.

This is why we are proud to present our new Mental Health Innovation Prize, focusing on the following research challenge question:

How might we reduce incidences of suicide among youth and young adults living with mental health issues with an emphasis on psychosis or schizophrenia in areas of Canada where health and social services are limited?

Interested in learning more? We invite you to read the prize guidelines and apply by October 9, 2019.