Helping by expanding the knowledge of the human brain

One in five of us will experience mental illness in our lifetime

The problem is widespread, but prejudice and fear still prevent many people from seeking help. As a result, the effects can be catastrophic on families and friends, but there is hope for recovery.

Our mission is to provide the highest levels of patient care, to undertake research on potential new treatments for the most severe and persistent psychiatric illnesses and to educate the next generation of healers.

In an era where mental health has rightfully taken centre stage as a healthcare issue and is being destigmatized on a large scale, integral support from our donors has provided a significant open-door platform for more people to seek out treatment. This positions our ongoing Mental Health Mission to offer a variety of specialized care programs to a greater number of patients. Over twenty programs are running thanks to your generosity! 

By funding the Mental Health Mission’s programs, every year you help more than: 

  • 45,000 Out-Patients visits
  • 500 In-Patient admissions 
  • An average of close to 3000 psychiatric consults in the Emergency Department
  • 35 psychiatric residents, 35 psychology interns and others from various disciplines 
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Some people come to the emergency room because they have nowhere else to go. They come in for a genuine mental illness or are in emotional distress or social crisis. This has forced us to be more efficient. We want to get patients back to their lives as soon as possible. After 20 years we are still developing new programs and that is something the Foundation is helping us with.
Dr. Karine Igartua, Psychiatrist-in-Chief (MUHC)
Innovative Mental Health Care: Dr. Karine Igartúa
Monday May 1st, 2023

Dr. Karine Igartúa, psychiatrist-in-chief at the MUHC and co-founder of the McGill University Sexual Identity Centre, speaks with Annie DeMelt. In just 23 minutes, they cover topics ranging from the research that will improve the treatment of mental illnesses and shed light on gender identity questions; innovative programs that reduce hospital stays and promote faster …

Mental Health Programs
The Mental Health Programs, as the Centre for Precision Psychiatry, offers services for patients suffering from complex mental conditions and illnesses.
Prevention and Early Intervention in Psychosis Program (PEPP)
Psychosis is a serious but treatable medical condition which is disorienting and causes significant distress to the person experiencing it and to their family.
Music Therapy
The Music Therapy Program is known for its outpatient choir, Le Groupe MusiArt whose members meet every week to sing and also write their own songs.
Interview: Addiction
Can we be addicted to our cellphones, to wine, coffee or even to exercising? What defines an addiction? This interview addresses the nature of addiction and the reasons why some people may be more at risk.