Grand Challenges Canada’s Global Mental Health program supports Bold Ideas with Big Impact® The aim of the program is to seed and transition to scale high impact innovations that support the mental health needs of underserved individuals, in particular young people, in low-and middle-income countries.
Mental health challenges contribute to 14 percent of the global burden of disease worldwide; 75 percent of this burden occurs in low- and middle-income countries. Individuals living with mental health challenges in these regions experience a scarcity of resources and a shortage of trained professionals, limiting their access to evidence-based treatments. Strategies to identify and treat mental health challenges that are successful in high-income countries are often impractical, ineffective, and too resource-intensive to succeed in lower resource regions. Support for mental health services in low- and middle-income countries consistently lags behind other health priorities, despite the fact that mental health challenges is a prominent global health concern.
Youth Mental Health
The global mental health burden is magnified for youth living in low resources settings. The majority of mental health challenges – 75 percent – start before the age of 24. Poor mental health in youth negatively impacts the development of social connections, cultural belonging, emotional wellbeing, educational opportunities, and economic resources. Despite these vulnerabilities, only 12.5 percent of development assistance for mental health targets youth. The Global Mental Health seed funding program aims to address the gap in youth mental health services in low- and middle-income countries by funding innovations that enhance mental health literacy and provide youth-friendly services.
The aim of the Global Mental Health program is to seed and transition to scale high impact innovations that support the mental health needs of underserved individuals, in particular young people, in low-and middle-income countries. Seeking transformational, affordable, and accessible innovations that have the potential to be sustainable at a larger scale.
Impact to Date
Grand Challenges Canada has supported one of the largest portfolios of global mental health innovations in the world, investing over $55.8 million CAD to support 124 projects in 43 countries. The 124 projects are comprised of 83 proof-of-concept and 41 Transition-to-Scale.
The Global Mental Health program supports proof-of-concept grants up to $250,000 for innovations that focus on the mental well-being of youth in low- and middle-income countries. We are not currently accepting applications. Stay tuned for an announcement of our next open call for applications!
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