APEC mental health hub pitched for Canada

Rebecca Melville
January 18, 2017

The Univ of British Columbia and the Univ of Alberta have joined the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to request $5 million over five years in start-up funding from the federal government for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Digital Hub to promote mental wellness in Canada and the Asia Pacific region. The request was contained in a pre-Budget submission following a decision by APEC leaders to nominate Canada and UBC as the location of the hub. The hub’s backers say mental health is a $51-billion problem in Canada and its location here would allow Canada to showcase scientific discoveries targeting existing knowledge gaps in mental health. The hub would also be a platform for collaboration among scientists, innovators, businesses, health institutes and governments, producing best practices that could contribute to economic growth.

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