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External Award: CIHR Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon

August 17, 2016

Work stress and mental health are pressing challenges for much of the Canadian workforce. Nearly 40% of long-term disability claims in Canada are related to psychological health. The changing demographics of the Canadian workforce mean that we require new and innovative ways to foster and support a healthy and productive workforce now and in the future.

Innovation is often sparked when we look at a problem from a new angle. One of the best ways to encourage this ingenuity is to involve people with different perspectives in the development process – which is exactly what CIHR is aiming to do with the Catalyst Grant: Work Stress and Wellbeing Hackathon.

The goal of this funding opportunity is to develop innovative, evidence-informed, gender-responsive and culturally-appropriate e-Mental health solutions that foster the labour force participation of women, men and gender-diverse people at risk of or struggling with workplace stress or mental health injuries. The "Hackathon" is a three-day collaborative, solutions-focused event that will bring together researchers, knowledge users, worker and workplace representatives, and a variety of other potential collaborators with a range of experience and expertise. The event is part of a one-year grant that will allow for the continued work of collaborations formed at the Hackathon.

This grant will fund teams that consist of one researcher and one knowledge user who have identified a gap in health services that could benefit from an e-Mental health approach. Teams will be be joined by collaborators from other disciplines, including e-Mental health experts and app developers. Participants will have the chance to identify the areas in which they require support and expertise. The application deadline is October 18, 2016. For full details on the funding opportunity please see here.

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