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We want to identify mental health conditions earlier.

Youth aged 11-24 have been found to have an average of 3.5 mental health diagnoses at one time. This can lead to mental, physical, and social challenges that continue throughout adulthood.


Most treatments are designed to target specific conditions rather than multiple conditions, which may lead to less treatment responsiveness.

Diversity Students

Upcoming Projects with

SCY- Well

Youth with multiple mental health conditions and additional complexity tend to experience the greatest mental health burden, yet there are few treatments targeted to them. What is needed is a youth-friendly, standardized intervention that is informed by those with lived experience, addresses a broad range of needs, and is implementable across different settings.

Discovering our True Selves (STIGMA) 

Stigma, including self-stigma, has been identified by Health Canada as a major public health priority and a key social determinant of health. Stigma toward mental illness includes a variety of harmful stereotypical attitudes and behaviors against people who have been labeled as mentally ill.

Sleep Trial

Most youth seeking treatment for anxiety or depression also experience problems with sleep, such as having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or not being able to get to sleep at a time that matches their schedule. Our team is developing a pilot randomized controlled trial to test whether a personalized behavioural sleep intervention leads to better sleep and mental health outcomes than usual mental health care.

Partnering Sites

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH, in Toronto, is Canada’s largest mental health teaching and research hospital, and is a WHO affliiated research centre. It has an annual research expenditure of greater than 80M dollars, ranked first among all mental health hospitals, and 14th among all hospitals in the country, and third among all hospitals in research intensity.

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

SickKids in Toronto, is Canada’s top paediatric hospital, and was ranked last year as the top paediatric hospital in the world. It is second overall in research expenditures nationally (282M), and number one in research intensity.

The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

The Royal, located in Ottawa, is one of Canada’s leading academic hospitals dedicated to mental health. Its academic investments have been growing rapidly with increasing numbers of research grants and scientists.

McMaster Children’s Hospital

Hamilton Health Sciences’ McMaster Children’s Hospital (MCH) has been providing comprehensive care to children from across South-Central Ontario since 1988. Here, patients from infancy to 17 receive care through a family-centred approach that accounts for the child’s emotional, mental and physical well-being. MCH is home to the fastest-growing kids-only emergency department in Ontario, Canada’s largest neonatal intensive care unit, and Ontario’s largest inpatient child and youth mental health unit. It offers a full range of programs and clinics with unique expertise in a number of areas including: children’s cancer, digestive diseases, orthopedics, neurosurgery and mental health. Hamilton Health Sciences is one of Canada’s top 10 research hospitals ranking 8th nationally and fifth provincially (Research Infosource Inc.).

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

CHEO is a pediatric health care and research centre in Ottawa. It has grown rapidly recently in terms of its efforts in child and youth mental health, and it is the second ranked pediatric hospital in Canada in relation to research experiences.

The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education/Alberta Health Services

The Mathison Centre for Mental Health Research & Education is an interdisciplinary hub bringing together over 100 mental health researchers from across the University of Calgary dedicated to research that improves early identification, prevention and intervention for mental health disorders. All clinical research at the University of Calgary is conducted in close partnership with Alberta Health Services, our provincial health services provider.

© 2024 CALM Study

© 2024 CALM Study



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