COVID-19 is profoundly impacting the mental health of Canadians. Children, youth and families, in particular, are dealing with a complicated mix of issues: disrupted routines, reduced access to health services, isolation from friends, job losses among parents, and the struggle to maintain a quality education from home.
Even in normal times, mental illness affects 1.2 million children and youth in Canada. With COVID-19, more children and youth are at even greater risk. (MHRC’s recent national survey noted the number of Canadians experiencing high anxiety levels have quadrupled and those with high depression levels have doubled.)
To mitigate this impact, Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) is teaming up with the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) on a research call valued at $50,000 to understand how COVID-19 is affecting the mental health of children, youth and families in Saskatchewan. The goal: to develop evidence-based programs and interventions that will mitigate this impact.
Childhood and adolescence are critical development periods and, if children and youth don’t have access to appropriate and timely supports, their future success in school, personal relationships and career choices can be adversely affected.
MHRC is a national charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians living with mental illness, and their families and caregivers, by advancing mental health research that is stakeholder-driven and focused on outcomes.
MHRC and SHRF invite you to carefully read the attached Call for Proposals for detailed information on grant eligibility and criteria. As the proposal states, the project must be led by two co-principal investigators who are: a) residents of Saskatchewan and b) supported by a team.
Apply via Submittable by September 30, 2020 by midnight.