In Canada today, 1.2 million children and adolescents are affected by mental illness and 75 per cent of mental illnesses in adults begin before the age of 24. This reality has a profound impact on communities, families and people with lived experience. The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is leading research into mental illness across the lifespan with a focus on the mental health of children, youth and emerging adults.
As Director, I am excited to be leading our researchers and community partners in research that will revolutionize the early identification, treatment and prevention of mental illness.
We are the centre that serve as a collaborative hub for mental health research at the University of Calgary. With membership from six faculties within the university, we lead and provide a unifying direction for mental health research under the university’s Brain and Mental Health research strategy.