MHRC x IAM Innovation Prize Challenge

Earlier this September, SSO’s innovation initiative, the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), launched applications for a new Canada-wide Mental Health Innovation Prize, valued at up to $100,000. This exciting venture partners the Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM) with Mental Health Research Canada (MHRC) to advance an existing early-stage support or prototype to better the lives of young Canadians.

Young people feel great pressure to succeed at school, home and play, and often don’t have the life experiences or the support to see them through tough times. Making matters worse, stigma and guilt can increase their reluctance to talk about their intense feelings. Research shows that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. Young adults living with serious mental illness such as psychosis or schizophrenia, especially those who live in northern and remote regions of Canada, are at an even greater risk of suicide. Open communication and early interventions are needed.

This is why MHRC and IAM focused our Mental Health Innovation Prize on supporting youth at risk of suicide. The prize focuses on the following research challenge question: How might we reduce incidences of suicide among youth and young adults living with mental health issues with an emphasis on psychosis or schizophrenia in areas of Canada where health and social services are limited?

We are currently reviewing all submissions. Stay tuned for updates! Visit for more information.