The next generation is counting on us.

By the time people in Canada reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have, or will have had, a mental illness.

It is crucial that we prioritize transparent and independent scientific research to fully understand the consequences for the brain.

Viviane Poupon, PDG de la Fondation Brain Canada

Social media is designed to be addictive – and it is threatening our children’s well-being

The initial promise of social media was to connect us to friends and family, to let us build and join communities, and to bring us together. This experience was replaced by individual echo chambers meant to keep us engaged but dangerously isolated.

Emma Duerden, Azrieli Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research

Excessive social media use during the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated adolescent mental health challenges

During the COVID-19 pandemic, young people were drastically affected by the sudden shift to a digital world and the explosion of a reliance on screens. 

“What was supposed to
connect young people
stuck at home left many
feeling more alone.”

– Dr. Viviane Poupon

Brain Canada President and CEO

Young people are especially vulnerable to mental illness. Whether due to societal pressures, post-pandemic stress, or the current political climate, young Canadians often find themselves grappling with mental health issues at disproportionately high rates. This season of Playing with Marbles, a Brain Canada – Vocal Fry production, produced with support from RBC Future Launch, is all about young people and their mental health.

WATCH: Using functional brain scans to study child psychiatric disorders

Dr. Tamara Vanderwal uses movies to study complex patterns of brain function in child psychiatric disorders. This helps children who have a hard time staying still inside the MRI machine, so she can study the brain as it processes complex streams of information the same way that it does in real life.   

How we are supporting mental health research

Brain Canada’s rigorous scientific review process gives donors and partners a trusted mechanism to ensure projects are chosen based on merit, innovation, and potential for impact.

$26,669,398 invested

52 grants awarded

How you can help

Brain Canada funds the very best Canadian neuroscience, fostering collaborative research and accelerating the pace of discovery, in order to improve the health and quality of life of Canadians who suffer from brain disorders.