Based in Canada and open to the world, GBF aims to be a catalyst in bringing about transformational changes that significantly improve the lives of people with or at risk of mental illness.
The Graham Boeckh Foundation congratulates Dr. Jitender Sareen on winning the sixth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research.
The Dr. Samarthji Lal Award recognizes a Canadian researcher who is mid-career and making an outstanding contribution to the field of psychiatry, with a focus on major mental disorders. The recipient is selected through an open, Canada-wide competition judged by an independent review panel of internationally renowned researchers.
The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Dr. Sam Lal Award marketing partners – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, and the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology congratulate Dr. Sareen.
The ACCESS Open Minds network is a pan-Canadian initiative to show how youth mental health services can be transformed. It is a joint venture of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Each partner is contributing $12.5 million over the five year life of the project. (more…)
GBF is supporting the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) to improve access to mental health, substance use and primary care for youth and young adults across BC. The BC-IYSI will support communities to establish youth-friendly, integrated, health and social service storefronts, and work alongside provincial online and phone line resources to strengthen a network of care for young British Columbians and their families.
An expression of interest process began on December 15, 2015. In June 2016, it was announced that 13 proposals were reviewed and of these, the five sites selected are located in the communities of Kelowna, Campbell River, Prince George, North Shore and Abbotsford.
The initiative is working closely with ACCESS-Open Minds on research and evaluation.
Read more here: www.bciysi.ca
The foundation is working with The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario to develop a national project that would enable Canadians with lived-experience and their families to engage society with a much stronger voice concerning the need for better mental health services.
Following the publication by the Québec government of its Mental Health Action Plan 2015 – 2020, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé and the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux are determined to promote early intervention and the implementation of integrated mental health services in the community for youth aged 12 to 25 years. Drawing on existing models in Canada and from around the world, and with the help of experts from the Quebec health care system, the partners will draft a strategic document that sets out the principles and the vision of an integrated service model and innovative practices for the province. This model will be adapted for Quebec to meet the unmet needs of young Quebecers, including those who are hard to reach and remote from services. In order to finalize the document, consultation with stakeholders and key players in the field will be scheduled. Subsequently, the partners will launch a competition to establish a platform of integrated services and evaluate its results.
More details will be available in the coming months following the dissemination of the strategic document.
The Sandbox youth mental health project aims to test a comprehensive set of electronic tools for managing mental illness. More specifically, the tools aim to improve care in a number of ways, including: facilitate self-management and rich communication with health care providers, family and friends, improve the quality of consumer-practitioner interactions and increase provider productivity. (more…)
The Graham Boeckh Chair in schizophrenia was created in 1996 at the Douglas Institute of McGill University, in memory of Graham Boeckh. The inaugural Chairholder, Dr. Guy Rouleau, took a molecular genetics approach to understanding schizophrenia and related illnesses. (more…)
Each year the Graham Boeckh Foundation awards $25,000 to one researcher in the area of psychiatry who is making an outstanding contribution in the field. GBF established the Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research in 2010 in honour of the late Dr. Lal, a distinguished psychiatrist and researcher. (more…)
The International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders is a collaborative initiative intended to assist funders in increasing both their knowledge of the mental health research sector and the impacts from their investments.
The Mental Health and Wellness Affinity Group (MHWAG) is comprised of Canadian-based philanthropic funders that have programs in the area of mental health and wellness (MH&W).
The Coalition for Access to Psychotherapy (CAP) was convened in March 2013 by the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Mental Illness Foundation to widen access to psychotherapy services in Quebec.