HOMEWOOD RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is an independent charitable organization dedicated to research designed to improve, evaluate and transform mental halth and addiction services in Canada and beyond.
HRI is exactly the kind of vehicle Canada needs to move forward demonstrably in mental health and addiction research and clinical care. HRI is a uniquely boundary-straddling, flexible and open organization with the potential to become a national hub for the progress of both innovative research and enhanced patient care.
MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION – CANADA'S MOST IMPORTANT HEALTHCARE ISSUE
Mental health and addiction present the most important and pervasive healthcare issue facing Canada in the twenty-first century. At some point in their lives, one in five Canadians lives with one or more of the most common mental illnesses including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse, dementia and cognitive impairments. That’s 7.5 million people – more than the combined populations of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
MENTAL ILLNESS CAUSES MORE REDUCED FUNCTION AND PREMATURE DEATH THAN ALL CANCERS AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES COMBINED
The impact of mental illness also radiates far beyond those one-in-five Canadians. About 40% of people in our country have a family member with a mental health problem or illness. Every week, 500,000 Canadians stay home from work because of mental health or addiction challenges. The best analytic models place the cost of mental illness to the Canadian economy at more than $50 billion annually.
What People Are Saying
"The treatment HRI was testing helped me return to work, which was my single greatest success. I couldn’t have done that without the skills I learned in this study. I use those skills every single day. Participating in this research has given me my life back."
— Paul, a police officer who developed PTSD while on the job