Mental Health

The Research Exchange Group on Mental Health was established in Fall 2012 to provide a forum where researchers, policy makers, students, clinicians and community members can gather to discuss mental health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The overall goals of the Research Exchange Group on Mental Health are:

  • to foster research collaboration on topics related to mental health across a range of academic disciplines;
  • to enable group members to network and connect with others who share their interest in mental health issues; and
  • to work towards developing a greater overall capacity to conduct research on mental health issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Colleen Hanrahan and Kellie LeDrew are the co-conveners of this group.  All are welcome to join.

List of Memorial University researchers on mental health issues


  • October 22, 2019 | 12:30pm |Home to Stay | Stella’s Circle aims to facilitate full participation in the community by helping people overcome barriers such as mental health and addictions issues, homelessness, and poverty, transforming lives through Real Homes, Real Help, and Real Work. At this special presentation, Dr. Colleen Hanrahan, community researcher, along with Lisa Browne, CEO, and Karen Noel, Director of Property and Development, Stella’s Circle, discuss the recent project, Home to Stay, which was funded through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy. One aspect of this project was the qualitative research study, completed in January 2019, to help develop the knowledge, skills, capacity, and interventions required to prevent homelessness among seniors with complex mental health needs, supporting their ability to age in place. The study yielded recommendations towards this goal and provided Stella’s Circle with an opportunity to consider how its organization’s support for aging tenants intersects with several systems: the healthcare system, the work of other NGOs, and the work of private operators in the community. In so doing, the study was able to uncover gaps in the continuum of care that must be addressed to reduce the risk of homelessness among aging persons with mental health and addictions issues. Other aspects of the project which will be discussed in the presentation include a home modification pilot project, a Home Modification and Community Supports Toolkit and a new social enterprise, all with the goal to have seniors with complex mental health and addictions issues age within their communities.

Previous Meetings

  • April 30, 2019 at 10:30am:Reducing the Incidence of Suicide among Indigenous Peoples Worldwide: Local Evidence for a Global Goal| Nathaniel Pollock, Graduate Student in the Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University| Suicide is a complex phenomenon that arises from a combination of biological, psychological, socio-economic, environmental, and historical factors. In Labrador, as in many regions across the circumpolar North, Indigenous communities have experienced elevated suicide rates for more than 30 years. In response, suicide prevention has become a leading public health priority for communities, healthy systems, and governments. This presentation discussed recent studies on suicide from a collaborative research project in Labrador that examined the incidence of suicide among Indigenous populations locally and globally.
  • May 10, 2019 at 12:430pm Motherhood Experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador: A survey to inform public policy | At this presentation, Shannon Bedford and Emily Saunders shared results of a large survey of motherhood that was undertaken as their PsyD research project at Memorial, focused primarily on the experience of mothers here in the province. The survey looked at demographic differences between urban and rural mothers, mothers who have a partner who works away (mobile relationships), satisfaction with healthcare services, and other factors. Shannon will present a "demographic portrait" of motherhood here in the province that is intended to validate the lived experience of mothers in informing public policy. Emily will co-present the results of her analysis of those results related specifically to access to healthcare services


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