Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and mounting concern that impacts nearly 10% of Canadians. There is an urgent need to advance treatment for individuals with trauma-related disorders.

HRI has engaged some of Canada’s leading experts in building a clinical research and knowledge translation program, with an aim to improve the lives of people living with PTSD. Among these thought leaders is Dr. Margaret McKinnon, who is Homewood Chair in Mental Health and Trauma. Dr. McKinnon leads HRI’s trauma research team, which also includes affiliated experts Drs. Ruth Lanius, and Andrew Nicholson, as well as Research Trainees who are helping to accelerate progress and find solutions for people with trauma-related illnesses.

Groundbreaking Research Underway: COVID-19 and Trauma

The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on all of us – particularly health care workers and first responders. Polling from Mental Health Research Canada indicates that mental illness among health care workers and first responders has risen from 30% to 40% during the pandemic. Trauma-related illnesses in particular are rising at an alarming rate.

Thanks to generous funding from our founding partner Homewood Health, we have launched a study investigating pandemic-related trauma in health care professionals and first responders, including people within minority and marginalized communities. The study will inform the rapid development of new prevention and intervention strategies.

Learn more about why Canada needs trauma research and how HRI is helping to improve care:

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