Conducting collaborative research locally, nationally and globally
Scientists at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research undertake collaborative research on communities, populations, health systems and global health. Our work also involves developing and evaluating initiatives focused on mental illness prevention and intervention. The Institute is committed to an equity-based approach, as informed by the social determinants of health.
Dr. Samantha Wells
Senior Scientist and Treliving Family Chair in Women's Mental Health
We provide evidence to drive system and policy change, and reduce the burden of mental health and substance use and addiction challenges, across populations.
The Institute for Mental Health Policy Research (IMHPR) is a key driver in building the knowledge base for policy decisions, development of mental health interventions, and health system improvement. Our experts track mental health, substance use and addictions at the population level, and identify the social and economic factors impacting these challenges. We are dedicated to providing evidence to both inform policy and improve the healthcare system for people with mental health, substance use and addiction challenges. We also develop and evaluate community and population-level interventions that aim to reduce these challenges. Building collaborations and partnerships within and outside CAMH to promote research synergies and enhance the reach and impact of our work is at the core of what we do.
Research with Impact
Our research has direct and enduring impacts. It has been applied to:
develop community-generated programming in First Nations communities
target public health campaigns for youth substance use, road safety and more
improve Ontario’s mental health care system
inform policies on Canada’s opioid crisis and cannabis legalization
influence alcohol policy and prevention in Ontario, Canada and around the world.
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