CALGARY, March 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) applauds the federal government's decision to support a network aimed at promoting coordination and collaboration among researchers studying depression.
In the federal budget released today by Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, $5.2 million dollars have been earmarked for The Canadian Depression Research Intervention Network (CDRIN). With this investment by government, the CDRIN will be at the leading edge of innovative research on depression, and the transfer of innovative knowledge in a way that will benefit the patient with a particular focus on suicide and post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
"This is very exciting news," says MHCC President and CEO Louise Bradley. "We know that depression affects many Canadians and we welcome the decision to dedicate resources to a plan that will undoubtedly result in more positive outcomes for people living with depression in this country."
MHCC is pleased to have the opportunity to work in conjunction with the Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) to support the work of the Network (CDRIN).
The CDRIN is composed of over 80 Canadian researchers and clinicians affiliated with universities, academic hospitals and community-based clinics around the country. Researchers will focus on developing a comprehensive research plan for suicide prevention and early PTSD detection and intervention in collaboration with the appropriate research agencies and government departments.
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