Endowed Research Chair in Mental Health and AddictionsImproving health outcomes across Nova Scotia
Sixty-five per cent of Nova Scotians live with mental health and addictions challenges, a number that spiked during the pandemic.
Together, the Province of Nova Scotia, the QEII Foundation, and St. Francis Xavier University are embarking upon an ambitious partnership that will serve as a nation-leading model for the investigation and treatment of mental health and addictions.
Endowed Research Chair in Mental Health and Addictions
The $5-million Endowed Research Chair in Mental Health and Addictions, based at StFX, will coordinate a partnership that links together research, care, health policy and system change for those who need it most.
Nova Scotia is a leader in this country, as the only province in Canada that records 100 per cent of data related to mental health and addictions care. Using this comprehensive data, the Chair will investigate the related determinants of health in Nova Scotia.
Being recognized as national leaders is nice but the real impact is for the patients and families counting on care.
The Endowed Research Chair in Mental Health and Addictions will be a health systems scientist who leads collaborative research and knowledge translation efforts to inform innovative health promotion efforts, clinical interventions, and policy changes to improve mental health and addictions outcomes for all Nova Scotians.
We know this province has a growing need for mental health and addictions support, in particular for timely access and equal opportunity for care, despite where you live.
With the right level of dedicated support and innovative thinking, we believe we can create systemwide change for mental health and addictions care that will put us on the national stage.
Mental health and addictions support is an important pillar of the QEII Foundation’s We Are campaign, a $100-million campaign to transform health care at and through the QEII Health Sciences Centre. QEII Foundation donors continue to invest in this care area and want to make change happen.
This partnership and this endowed chair position is a unique way to accelerate impact and ensure Nova Scotians are getting the care they need.