New mental health research programs for Manitoba children, youth

The Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM) will be running new mental health research programs for children and youth.

A $150,000 annual donation – for the next three years – will promote innovation in mental health through a program dubbed PRIME.

“Through evidence-based eHealth interventions, PRIME’s goal is to help reduce wait times, provide supports, services and access to rural communities and reduce health system costs,” said Dr. Terry Klassen, the CEO and scientific director of the CHRIM.

“eHealth technologies offer tremendous potential to advance the reach and efficacy of mental health therapeutics to an increasingly digital-connected population while also enhancing in-person services, tailored to community needs.”

The donation was made by the Sobeys Family of Support fundraising initiative.

The research program will bring shared expertise to child mental health and program development.

“We now have funding for these devoted researchers to be creative and innovative in developing new and ongoing important mental health care and treatment of children and adolescents – which is now more important than ever before,” said Stefano Grande, the president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

“Pediatric reports highlight an imminent need to address the child mental health crisis and ensure children in need of services can receive adequate care.”

The CHRIM says mental illness is a leading cause of disability in Canada, adding since COVID-19 began, there’s a greater need for mental health programs.

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