Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates on the most recent developments.  We recently featured two significant events related to the development of integrated youth services across Canada:  The official launch of the Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) initiative and two site openings in the ACCESS Open Minds (AOM) Pan-Canadian project–one in Montreal Parc-Extension, and […]

Dr. Sam Lal 2018 award description_EN;  Description de la bourse Dr Sam Lal 2018 Dr. Samarthji Lal The Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research was created in memory of psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Samarthji Lal, who passed away on November 1st, 2009.  Samarthji Lal, LRCP (Lond) MRCS (England) MB, BS (Guy’s Hospital Medical […]

Following the Ontario Government’s funding announcement in February 2017, a Call for Proposals was recently issued for the implementation of  Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO).  Agencies and networks wishing to implement a Youth Wellness Hub in their community are invited to download the application package and related information from the website  Submission deadline is December […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation congratulates Dr. Gabriella Gobbi on winning the seventh annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research. Dr. Gobbi is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, whose work is dedicated to bridging clinical psychiatry and basic psychopharmacology research. Her main  contributions have been in the field of cannabinoids and melatonin receptors.  One of the […]

Set to open in May 2017, FOUNDRY North Shore held an official launch on February 9th.  Attending to mark the event were North Vancouver MLAs Jordan Sturdy, Jane Thornthwaite, Ralph Sultan and Naomi Yamamoto, as well as members of Vancouver Coastal Health, Dr. Steve Mathias, and many youth and families. This provincial integrated youth services initiative […]

“Up to nine hubs where young people aged 12 to 25 can receive walk-in, one-stop access to mental health and addictions services, as well as other health, social and employment supports under one roof. These integrated youth service hubs help with early identification and intervention to prevent more serious issues from developing later in life. […]

Another major transformation in youth mental health is taking place in New Brunswick. We are delighted that the province has recently been recognized for their transformational efforts, as the bronze medal recipient of the national 2016 IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award. Their work has focused on the creation of a Network of Excellence (a province-wide approach […]

  BC-IYSI – Branded “Foundry” – launches Foundry Kelowna (Dec 2016). In the Spring of 2016, five communities across British Columbia—Abbotsford, North Vancouver, Kelowna, Campbell River and Prince George—were selected to develop a one-stop shop for youth to access primary care, mental health care, addictions support and social services.  All sites are now in development […]

An urgent health, social and economic challenge is responding to the risks and impacts of mental and substance use disorders for young people. The result has been to stimulate innovative system reforms internationally to provide better care for the unique mental health needs of young people. Similar innovative approaches are necessary in youth mental health […]

The Homeless Youth network (RIPAJ) of downtown Montreal, held its official opening November 9, 2016.  RIPAJ is one of 12 pan-Canadian ACCESS Open Minds integrated youth service (IYS) sites. The opening took place at Dans La Rue, one of the many community service sites in Montreal that deal with youth in high risk situations of homelessness and mental […]

The Alliance is a collaborative of the largest and most innovative mental health research funders from around the world The international funders (IAMHRF) held their 2016 Annual Meeting on October 24th and 25th at the National Institute of Health (ISS) in Rome, Italy. The event was hosted by Prof. Walter Ricciardi, President. Among the guest […]

The Neuro’s director, Dr. Guy Rouleau, has received yet another honour in recognition of his sterling scientific career. The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) announced on Sept. 7 that its members had elected Dr. Rouleau as one of its new Fellows. He joins a currently active membership of more than 2,000 highly distinguished scientists, scholars and artists […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) has been supporting the British Columbia Integrated Youth Services Initiative (BC-IYSI) to improve access to mental health, substance abuse and primary care for youth and young adults across British Columbia. BC is the first major provincial project to develop IYS. The BC-IYSI will support communities to establish youth-friendly, integrated, health […]

GBF is supporting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and partner organizations to spearhead an exciting project that addresses system gaps in mental health care by developing and testing Integrated Collaborative Care Teams (ICCTs) in the Toronto area. This highly collaborative project draws on contributions from three community agencies, four adolescent psychiatry hospital departments, […]

Rob Boeckh (right), Director of the The Graham Boeckh Foundation, congratulates Dr. Jitender Sareen (left) 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 […]

The ACCESS Open Minds (ACCESS) 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.  This unique research project is led by Nominated Principal […]

BC Integrated Youth Services – Now Branded “Foundry”. In the Spring of 2016, five communities across British Columbia—Abbotsford, North Vancouver, Kelowna, Campbell River and Prince George—were selected to develop a one-stop shop for youth to access primary care, mental health care, addictions support and social services.  All sites are now in development and on track […]

Ian Boeckh, President of GBF,  was interviewed by the Philanthropic Foundation of Canada for their October 2015 issue of Profiles in Philanthropy, discussing our approach in a public policy context. Youth Mental Health: We Have to Work Together for Change Ian Boeckh says that you need to have a collaborative mindset. “It’s a different kind of philanthropy […]

In close collaboration with ACCESS Open Minds, GBF began working with policy makers and community service providers in selected provinces in 2014 to develop provincial systems of care for youth from 12-25 years of age that focus on prevention and early intervention.   Inspired by the Australian headspace model and the Irish Jigsaw programme, the goal […]

CTV News, Oct. 9, 2015: Quebec’s health minister unveiled an action plan for mental health services Friday that includes an additional $70 million in spending. Gaetan Barrette says the new plan focuses on prevention, treatment and support, with an emphasis on youth. The plan also calls for those with mental illnesses to be treated with […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation congratulates Dr. Jeffrey Meyer on winning the fifth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research.  Dr. Meyer MD, PhD, FRCP(C), is Canada Research Chair in the Neurochemistry of Major Depression; Head, Neurochemical Imaging Program in Mood Disorders, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, CAMH; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. […]

MONTREAL, April 9, 2015 – Among the challenges facing Quebec today is the relatively unnoticed but very real issue of hundreds of thousands of lives disrupted by common mental disorders and their impact, adding a tremendous burden on our public finances. An effective response, however, is possible through the approach recommended by the Coalition for […]

“Over the past two decades, mental health research has been funded primarily by public money.  What is the payback from these investments?  How can we increase the benefits of research in the future?…” Canada’s Innovation Leaders, a RE$EARCH Infosource Inc. Publication Dr. Michael Teehan Investments in Mental Health Research Create Knowledge, Drive Innovation and Improve […]

Three advocates for the city’s most vulnerable are being awarded the Sheila and Victor Goldbloom Distinguished Service Award by the Quebec Community Groups Network. Eric Maldoff, Marjorie Sharp and James Hughes [Graham Boeckh Foundation president] are the recipients of this year’s award, on the sixth year they are being handed out. They’ll receive their honours […]

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August 1 2014

ACCESS Canada, led by Dr. Ashok Malla, has been chosen as the TRAM Network through a competitive process.  TRAM is a 5 year, $25 million partnership between CIHR and GBF that will bring about transformational change in youth and adolescent mental health. CIHR and Graham Boeckh Foundation launch mental health research network Fact Sheet – […]

A public-health research agency and a private foundation set out to catalyze fundamental change in youth mental health care in Canada in five years. After an 18-month process, a proposal to achieve that end is selected. Applying for research grants usually means sending a painstakingly sculpted and polished proposal into the maw of some funding […]

Dr. Gustavo Turecki (right) is congratulated by Rob Boeckh (left), Director of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, on winning the fourth annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research.  Turecki, MD, PhD, is Professor and Vice-Chair, Research and Academic Affairs, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University; Director, McGill Group for Suicide Studies; and Head, Depressive Disorders […]

By David Levine and Michael Sheehan Thanks to Mental Health Week and campaigns like Bell’s Let’s Talk, public attitudes about mental illness have finally begun to change. But unfortunately awareness has all too often not led to improved access to care. A March 2013 study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec found that […]

January 23 2014

The Sandbox Project receives $450,000 in funding support from TELUS, the RBC Foundation and the Graham Boeckh Foundation to fund phase two of the Sandbox Project Mental Health Initiative. Press Release CNW Group The Sandbox Project to receive $450,000 in funding to build Virtual Mental Health Support Network

GBF President Ian Boeckh presented at a conference hosted by Fondazione Child in Modena, Italy.  The conference entitled, “Child and Adolescent Mental Health: An Urgent Need for New Paradigms and Partnerships”, addresses systems change in child and adolescent mental health care, taking into consideration new and innovative approaches such as TRAM. Click here to learn more about the […]

January 15 2014

Three groups from Phase II were invited to continue in the network development process.  In Phase III, these groups utilize their development grants of $25,000 (per network) to build networks, partnerships and full proposals. Phase III: Full Application Summary * * Phase III: Full Applications Summary provides only a general overview of Full Application requirements. Visit the CIHR funding […]

November 25 2013

Funding and ‘Mo growth since our halfway-mark update has been exceptional.  MoBoeckh has raised $1,125 with five days left to go.  Movember donations support world class men’s health programs that combat prostate and testicular cancer and mental health challenges. Our motivation: to change the face of men’s health Total raised (as of Nov 25): $1,125 MoBoeckh Team Page Ian Boeckh […]

November 15 2013

Our motivation: to change the face of men’s mental health Total raised (as of Nov 15): $850 MoBoeckh Team Page Ian Boeckh Executive Chair Jim Hughes President Robert Boeckh ​Director

  The Graham Boeckh Foundation presents the third annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research to Z. Jeff Daskalakis, M.D., Ph.D., FRCP(C), Associate Professor of Psychiatry at University of Toronto and Director of the Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The Dr. Samarthji Lal award […]

The Caledon Institute of Social Policy was commissioned by the Graham Boeckh Foundation to prepare a scan of mental health strategies currently in place in or development across Canada with a particular focus on the youth and adolescent demographic. The Knowledge Exchange for Mental Health identifies major themes traversing provincial strategies and highlights policy priorities, target populations, actual and […]

19 groups, 6 emerging networks and 13 teams, were invited to continue participating in the core network development process and TRAM’s Strengthening Workshop. The TRAM Collaborating Selection Panel was impressed by the diversity of the participants, as well as the many new partnerships which are starting to break down silos and jurisdictional barriers across the […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research are pleased to launch a call for expressions of interest through their partnership, TRAM, for an upcoming research network.  This will involve bringing together Canada’s youth mental health communities to collectively build one unique pan-Canadian research-to-practice network.  The intent is to identify the groups, […]

The Mowat Centre released a report by GBF President, James Hughes, entitled Homelessness: Closing the Gap Between Capacity and Performance in which Mr. Hughes provides a case for the “Housing First” approach. The report finds that the implementation of this approach may lead to government cost savings while ultimately improving the outcomes for homeless, including those with […]

“We were friends and classmates many decades ago. What has drawn us together once more is that our families have both been touched by mental illness. And in both cases, the outcome of that mental illness has been and continues to be tragic and devastating. Graham Boeckh suffered from schizophrenia and in the end passed […]

Joint Message from Prof. Heather Munroe-Blum, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University, Mr. Normand Rinfret, Director General and Chief Executive Officer, McGill University Health Centre and Dr. David Eidelman, Vice-Principal (Health Affairs) and Dean of Medicine, McGill University Dear Colleagues, We are pleased to announce the appointment of Guy Rouleau, MD, PhD, FRCPC, OQ, an internationally […]

Philanthropic Foundations Canada: Symposium 2012 Montreal, October 16th, 2012 Speaking Notes James Hughes, Graham Boeckh Foundation  It’s a pleasure to be part of this esteemed panel and thanks to PFC for the invitation to participate. I want to tell you a short story about a funding collaboration that my foundation, the Graham Boeckh Foundation, concluded […]

Public-private partnership that will transform Canada’s health care system Ottawa, Ontario (October 1, 2012) – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, joined Tony Boeckh, Chair of the Graham Boeckh Foundation, and Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), to announce the launch of the new Patient-Oriented Network in Adolescent […]

Letters of intent (LOIs) must propose a pan-Canadian network which fully addresses the scope of research and systems change described in this call. The network must propose to undertake system change in a minimum of three provinces/territories during its five years of funding. The majority of the proposed network’s leadership should be composed of groups […]

June 28 2012

“Greater industry presence, more collaboration and international efforts hope to accelerate brain research and move products to patients more quickly” Bio Business Julia Teeluck with contributions from Robert Price A Golden Age for Neuroscience

I’m delighted to have been invited to join the panel at this event organized by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. As the Premiers gather down the street here in Halifax at their Council of the Federation meeting on the general topic of health and the specific topic of health innovation, it is certainly timely […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation announces the recipient of the second annual Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research: Dr. Todd Woodward, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC, and Research Scientist, BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute (BCMHARI). Dr. Woodward was selected through an open, Canada-wide competition, followed by an international review. This […]

The Graham Boeckh Foundation announces the recipient of the inaugural Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research: Ridha Joober, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, McGill University; Psychiatrist and Principal Investigator, Douglas Hospital and Douglas Hospital Research Centre. Dr. Joober was selected through an open, Canada-wide competition, followed by an international review.  The review panel members […]

The GBF symposium, which drew hundreds from around the world, highlighted the work of leading-edge, worldclass scientists. It brought together a broad audience of academics, mental health practitioners and administrators, business leaders, the general public, and most important, those who are directly affected by mental illness. Hopefully, it will have an impact that goes far beyond the proceedings of […]

Dr. Samarthji Lal The Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research has been created in memory of psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Samarthji Lal, who passed away on November 1st, 2009.  Samarthji Lal, LRCP (Lond) MRCS (England) MB, BS (Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London), Dip Psy (McGill) (with distinction), FRCPC, ABPN, was Staff […]

New chair created to boost schizophrenia research PUBLISHED: 22JAN1997 Montreal — Thanks to a generous donation, McGill University is establishing one of the first chairs in schizophrenia research in North America. The money has been provided by the Graham Boeckh Foundation, which was set up a few years ago by Tony and Raymonde Boeckh and […]

“Graham Boeckh was 22 when he died of complications arising from schizophrenia. More than 10 years later his memory will live on through McGill’s newly created Graham Boeckh Chair of Schizophrenia Studies. A $1.5 million donation from the Graham Boeckh Foundation led to the creation of one of North America’s first chairs in schizophrenia research…” […]