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With nearly 12 million Canadians lacking access to employer-funded psychological services, 1.6 million people reporting an unmet need for mental health care, and 5 in 6 children unable to access treatment, our country is at once-in-a-generation cross-roads.

At the Mental Health Commission of Canada, we inquire about what works, what doesn’t, and why. We research and articulate leading practices found in Canada and around the world. Then we translate the answers into practical guidelines, frameworks, and standards, and get them into the hands of the people who need them.

We inquire to open minds to a better future.

1.1 – Identify what works to erase the duplication of effort and multiply the impact of innovation.

1.2 – Drive system transformation through the development of meaningful mental health measures.

Below, you’ll find links to all our “Inquire” projects and programs. Please note that some of our projects fit multiple strategic objectives, so you may see them on more than one page.

Mental health affects everyone, including health-care workers. This video tells the story of an individual who finds access to quality mental health care services — but only after an overwhelming…

Suicide Postvention Resources for Canadian Communities, based on our own environmental scan, summarizes over 35 different resources and includes related links and descriptions.

Substance use health and mental health (SUHMH) are closely linked, with many people experiencing challenges relating to both at the same time. Polling by the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has found that COVID-19 had significant, persistent, and complex impacts on SUHMH. At the same time, the pandemic also accelerated the evolution of innovative health policy and technology.

Over the past five years, we have led a pan-Canadian program to assess the impact of cannabis legalization and use on mental health. Our key findings synthesize results from 20…

Roots of Hope is a community-based model that supports populations across Canada in reducing the impact of suicide in their local context. The model builds on community expertise to implement…

Key findings Context This report describes speaker presentations, major themes, and key takeaways from an invitation-only virtual roundtable in February 2023. The event, which we hosted with the Canadian Centre…

Choose a topic: Before you start writing, choose a topic that interests you. Research popular topics and see what other bloggers write about. Hint: health, wellness and mental health are popular topics.

Purpose This policy brief provides an overview of the developing issues and unique mental health and substance use challenges that COVID-19 poses for rural and remote communities. It builds on…

Moderated by Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) hosted a virtual dialogue series to identify research priorities and explore challenges and opportunities in the areas of…