The Supporting the Mental Health of Those Most Affected by COVID-19 (MH COVID) initiative supports projects that reach key populations whose mental health has been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These projects implement, adapt or scale up, and test interventions that promote positive mental health or prevent mental illness; and/or build capacity of organizations and service providers to address new and complex needs emerging from the pandemic. The MH COVID initiative is administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada. This includes funding agreements with the projects and the KDE Hub.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on mental health across the Canadian population, and these impacts have been particularly acute for certain groups. Key populations include children and youth, seniors, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and Black and racialized Canadians, who have reported lower rates of mental health and wellbeing and higher rates of mental illness than the general population. The inequitable mental health outcomes present before COVID-19 were reinforced, and often amplified by the pandemic.
Learn more about the MH COVID funded projects under the Projects tab.