We’ve just completed a comprehensive strategic review lead by the Pro-bono team at Accenture. Stay tuned for more details!
HMC launched our first 8 week, 8 session ACT! (Action, Commitment, Talking) program for youth, hosted a Bright Futures Conference dedicated to Recovery, launched our Bend & Unwind youth yoga program, and hosted 9 free community Lunch & Learns, including a three-part series on workplace mental health. Evaluations of these events found that 100% of respondents indicated that, following the event, they would take action regarding their mental health with the top three action items being: 1) Getting involved (or more involved) with mental health organizations/events (76%); 2) Discussing mental health w/ friends & family (74%); and 3) educating others (69%).
We funded $50,000 in research in relapse prevention in depression in the workplace, and participated in or guest spoke at external events with over 20 other organizations throughout the year.
We began the revision process for the 2nd edition of When Something’s Wrong: Strategies for Teachers in 2014 to update it in accordance with the DSM-5, and the revised edition was released in January 2015.
We celebrated our 10th Anniversary of our Silver Dinner where we announced our plans to form a partnership with the Edgewood Health Network.
The 2015 HMC/Pfizer Award is still under wraps but will be announced shortly and a formal presentation will be held during our 2016 Silver Dinner.
We launched our 1st Taking Charge – Pathways to Owning Your Mental Health full day conference and began a very promising partnership with Art With Impact to launch our Movies for Mental Health program in universities and colleges across Ontario. And we launched our very popular Lunch & Learn series – a series of free community one-hour panel discussion on various topics as they relate to mental health.
In an effort to understand and improve on our rapidly growing online presence, Healthy Minds Canada conducted our first of what is now an annual audit of our online presence. Further recongizing the importance in online tools and health tech, HMC endorsed Interaxon’s Muse (a brain sensing headband) and developed our very own game/app for ADHD.
We also launched the $50,000 HMC/Pfizer Research Award. Awarded to University of Montreal’s Dr. Tania Lecomte, Dr. Lecomte will focus on preventing depression relapse and improving well-being at work.
In 2013, Healthy Minds Canada announced the creation of the $100,000 HMC/SunLife Financial, Pfizer Canada Research Award program which Queen’s University’s Dr Christopher Bowie won. Dr. Bowie has been using the funds to further his research on Action-Based Cognitive Remediation, which translates to helping people with mental illness get back to work, be more productive, and feel better on the job.
We wrapped up our highly successful partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada after three years of running an HMC tailored version of the FRIENDS program. The HMC-specific aspect focused heavily in teaching youth how to initiate conversations with adults about mental health, thereby putting the power into their hands. Much of this type of programming can now be found in our new ACT! program for youth
Funding New Research in Children`s Mental Health
Healthy Minds Canada is thrilled to announce the launch of the new HMC Children`s Mental Health Research Award offered in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Through this opportunity, HMC will provide awards to the top six ranking children`s mental health research projects from CIHR`s Fall 2012 competition; award recipients will be announced in 2013. Through this partnership, HMC will be supporting the best peer-reviewed research in Canada.
These awards are made possible through RBC`s Kite for Kids campaign and matching donations made by guests at HMC`s 2011 Silver Dinner. A gracious thank you to all our contributors for helping to find the best treatments and services possible for our children.
For more information on the grant, please visit CIHR’s website.
Student Council Representatives – U of T`s OT Program
Students from the University of Toronto`s Occupational Therapy (OT) Program made Healthy Minds Canada their charity of choice for 2012. Throughout the 2011-2012 school year, over eighty OT students participated in various grassroots fundraising activities to raise money for mental health and addiction research. HMC would like to thank these emerging healthcare professionals for seeing the need and value for mental health and addiction research and for taking the lead to build more support for this important cause.
Connecting Healthy Minds Through Social Media Platforms
Social Media tools provide a platform for dialogue and sharing of personal stories that help to break down the stigma that surrounds mental illness. They have opened doors to new partnerships across the country, engaged more people in HMC activities and reached more people with valuable information and resources.
HMC pilots “Youth Anti-Stigma Summits” as part of the Healthy Minds Healthy Families initiative in five cities throughout Ontario with the goal of rolling these summits out across the country. Through these summits, youth participate in full day workshops that build awareness around mental health issues and provide the opportunity to share personal stories and demystify the myths around mental illness.
Silver Dinner revenue reaches all-time high, close to $300,000. Keynote speaker and Olympic Medalist, Silken Laumann shared her story about her step-daughter Kilee, who is living with autism, and how her condition affects and benefits her blended family by redefining roles, responsibility and choices as well as celebrating milestones.
Tribute held at the Silver Dinner in honour and memory of HMC founding director John A. Tory, highlighting Mr. Tory’s philanthropic work and leadership in the community.
When Something’s Wrong Handbook sales reach an all-time high generating close to $20,000 to support mental health and addiction research.
HMC hosts its third annual “Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia” welcoming new sponsors the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Sick Kids Foundation and Our Lady of the Prairies Foundation. Symposia were hosted in nine different cities across Canada all on the same day engaging more cities than in previous years. Social media introduced in select cities spreads our message to more people.
Online Parent Anti-Stigma Tool
Developed in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Health Strategy Innovation Cell and leading Canadian experts on child and adolescent mental health, HMC’s web-based parent tool is an interactive program that will help parents and caregivers find reliable information on different mental health issues, recommendations on how to manage these issues and stories of personal experiences from other parents and peers. It is a highly dynamic and personalized tool, which provides recommendations and strategies that are endorsed by internationally renowned clinicians, all through an accessible online profile.
CPRF evolves into Healthy Minds Canada; a national charity that supports research and education on mental health, mental illness and addictions.
RBC Foundation pledged $600,000 over three years to HMC’s “Healthy Minds Healthy Families project (HMHF)”; RBC’s largest gift to a children’s mental health project to date. The program is designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental health by educating, training and sharing personal stories amongst young people, their families and communities. This project engages community partners across the country including parent organizations, and national organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and the Health Strategy Innovation Cell at the University of Toronto.
The second annual “Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia”, sponsored by CIBC Children’s Foundation, offered a special focus on Children’s mental health and engaged more cities than the year before. In addition to Vancouver, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa and Halifax, two new partners in Saskatoon and Toronto joined the initiative to help build a national message in support of mental health.
Building on last year’s sold out event, the 2010 Silver Dinner moves to The Westin Harbour in Toronto and welcomes an all-time record of over 600 guests. Keynote speaker, actor, advocate Joe Pantoliano (AKA Joey Pants) spoke about his personal experiences with clinical depression, dyslexia, drinking and gambling.
Successful CPRF MHPC collaboration leads to a sold out Silver Dinner with well over 500 guests in attendance and keynote presentation by Mark Tewksbury, Olympic champion.
HMC’s Open Minds Workshops evolve into “Open Minds Across Canada Mental Health Symposia”. Sponsored by RBC Foundation, 7 symposia were hosted in partnership with teaching hospitals and universities across Canada from Vancouver to Halifax and with research partner the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
CPRF establishes an alliance with Mental Health Partnerships of Canada (MHPC); the new national charity arm’s length from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.
Rona Maynard, former editor of Chatelaine magazine puts out a call for action to support mental health in her Silver Dinner keynote presentation.
CPRF and AstraZeneca Canada Inc. win a second Canadian Institutes of Health Research Award recognizing innovative partnerships across private and not-for-profit sectors.
Mariel Hemingway speaks of her experiences of suicide and depression and overcoming these challenges through health and well-being in her keynote presentation at the Silver Dinner.
The President’s Luncheon becomes the Silver Dinner and the signature fundraising event of the year, raising close to $200,000. Keynote presentation by Christopher Kennedy Lawford. Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada becomes Patron.
CPRF partners with Niagara Community Foundation to set up Schizophrenia Research Award.
CPRF partners with Schizophrenia Society of Canada and the local Lethbridge and Edmonton chapters to fund a Schizophrenia Research Award to an Alberta based researcher.
CPRF celebrates its 25th anniversary.
CPRF and AstraZeneca Canada Inc. win Canadian Institutes of Health Research Award recognizing innovative partnerships across private and not-for-profit sectors.
Multi-media anti-stigma advertising campaign wins United Nations Award.
Family/Education Sub-committee formed to develop When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Families.
Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Outstanding Volunteer Award presented to the PAC/Youth Committee.
When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Teachers workshop tour goes to Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary.
The Honourable James Bartleman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario becomes patron.
Former CPRF Board member John Tory and his wife Liz support the first Addiction Award.
Partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research is formed in conjunction with AstraZeneca Canada Inc. to fund neurobiological research projects.
When Something’s Wrong: Ideas for Teachers handbook and workshop day is launched.For the complete history on our handbook, please view the handbook’s history.
Former CPRF Board member Edward Bronfman donates $250,000 from the Edward Bronfman Family Foundation to establish an endowment to fund the Mona Bronfman Sheckman Award, to be awarded to a researcher in mood disorders at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
CIBC World Markets Children’s Miracle Award is established to fund clinical research into childhood mental disorders.
One million dollar gift from the Estate of Mary C. Reynolds is received.
Former CPRF Board member Joey Tanenbaum and his wife Toby donate $500,000 to establish the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Award for Schizophrenia Research.
The Canadian Psychiatric Awareness Committee’s first Open Mind Luncheon to educate the public about mental illness is held.
First President’s Luncheon is held to thank donors for their support.
National Mental Health Fund is established.
Royal Bank of Canada Award is established to fund a research project into mental illness.
C.K. Clarke Psychiatric Research Foundation is renamed the Canadian Psychiatric Research Foundation to better reflect the mandate of funding research across Canada.
The Canadian Psychiatric Awareness Committee is established to educate the public about the nature and magnitude of mental illness.
C.K. Clarke Psychiatric Research Foundation is founded to fund psychiatric research in Canada.
First Professional Advisory Board established.