As we are now a couple of months into 2021, and we reflect on the challenges we have faced in the past year, the importance of mental health and wellness has become even more evident. That is why Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation is proud to support mental health research focused on youth and families, right here in the Maritimes.
For over seven years, Dalhousie’s Dr. Rudolf Uher and his team have been leading an innovative long-term study titled Families Overcoming Risks and Building Opportunities for Well-being (FORBOW). Dr. Uher’s work is focused on preventing mental illness and fostering positive mental well-being in youth. Long-term, the goal is to reduce the development of several mental illnesses like bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.
Through this work, Dr. Uher and his team help children and youth to better understand their feelings and how they and their parents can develop coping tools. In November 2020, Dr. Uher was invited to present on “COVID and Mental Health in Children and Families” to Members of Parliament at the Health Research Caucus.
“I am proud that the MPs have selected this topic, giving voice to families living with mental illness. This opportunity to influence federal policy would not happen without support from organizations like DMRF. Thanks to this important funding, we were able to maintain the momentum and be there when Canadians need us.”
Mental health touches many Maritime families, and DMRF believes in supporting this important research, with the help of our donors. We hope all our staff, friends, partners, and donors take time in 2021 to focus on their mental well-being and consider donating to this worthy cause.