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HRI Research Day 2018

Addressing mental illness and addiction has become a matter of national urgency. We’re helping. Find out how.

We welcome you — our community, partners, friends and followers — to learn more directly from our scientists and research trainees on HRI Research Day 2018.

Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (drop-in)
Location: Riverslea Building (lower grounds), 150 Delhi Street

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Did you know that Canada currently has no consistent way to measure whether or not our mental health and addiction services are working?
Chat with Dr. Jean Costello, Research and Evaluation Scientist, about the Recovery Journey Project, a flagship model for the long-term evaluation of addiction treatment services.


Did you know that in Canada alone, more than 200 public safety workers have died by suicide since 2015?
Speak with Dr. Margaret McKinnon, Homewood Research Chair in Mental Health and Trauma, to learn about the work she is leading to better understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and to help those who are suffering.


Did you know that the economic cost of alcohol related harm across Canada is $14.6 billion per year?
Find out from Dr. James MacKillop, HRI Senior Scientist and Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, what HRI is doing to improve practice and treatment outcomes for addicted individuals in Canada.


Did you know that it takes, on average, 17 years to move health research discoveries into practice to help patients?
Sarah Sousa, Senior Research Associate, explains how HRI is working to change this by creating resources like the Data Visualization Tool for medical professionals and decision makers.



Holiday Open House 2017: We’re Giving Back on GivingTuesday

On Tuesday November 28, Canada celebrates GivingTuesday, which is considered to be the opening day of the giving season — a time to support charitable causes that make our world a better place.

In the spirit of appreciation for our community of colleagues, friends and supporters, Homewood Research Institute invites you to attend our 2017 Holiday Open House. It’s our way of giving back on GivingTuesday.

Please drop in to HRI’s offices at the Riverslea mansion (150 Delhi Street, Guelph) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on November 28 for a hot beverage, holiday treats and a tour of Riverslea, a historic mansion nestled within the serene grounds of Homewood Health Centre. We look forward to welcoming you on GivingTuesday.

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Making a Scene for Mental Health: An Evening with Shelley Marshall

Click image to visit www.supporthri.caTo celebrate Mental Health Week 2017, Homewood Health Centre proudly presents a special event to raise funds for the vital research that the Homewood Research Institute (HRI) is conducting to address the mounting crisis of mental illness related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

On May 1, please join us for an unforgettable one-night-only showing of Hold Mommy’s Cigarette, a hilarious, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting one-woman play by acclaimed actor and comedienne, Shelley Marshall. Shelley takes audiences on a raucous adventure through her real-life experience growing up in a dysfunctional environment fraught with depression, trauma and suicide, and her remarkable journey toward a life of purpose and fulfillment. An unrelenting mental health advocate, Shelley gives hope to audiences and inspires positive change everywhere she goes.

This performance takes place at Guelph’s beautiful downtown venue, River Run Centre, and will raise funds for the Shelley Marshall Scholarship, a fund named in Shelley’s honour that will support applied research aimed at improving the lives of people living with PTSD.

Tickets are available now through the River Run Centre Box Office.

For further information, including show time, and details about a pre-show fundraiser, HRI’s PTSD research team, sponsorship opportunities, and a profile of our Honorary Chair, Andy MacDonald, General Manager of Emergency Services at the City of Guelph, please visit the event website,

We hope you will join us for this enlightening evening in downtown Guelph, as we work toward improvements in mental health practice and to improve care for all Canadians.

This performance contains adult content.

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Mental Health Week 2017 Kick-off Fundraiser

HRI is excited to announce a special event to celebrate Mental Health Week 2017, which runs from May 1 – 7. On Monday, May 1, HRI will host a one-night-only showing of Shelley Marshall’s one-woman play, Hold Mommy’s Cigarette, a performance that has gained national attention and earned multiple awards, including the Gold award for Best Theatre Production (View Magazine) and Best New Discovery (Now Magazine).

Shelley Marshall

Shelley Marshall

Shelley Marshall has inspired thousands of people as a public speaker, actor, comedienne, writer and producer. Hold Mommy’s Cigarette is an autobiographical play detailing her own personal struggle with mental illness, the suicide of her father, her own suicide attempt, and her remarkable journey out of the darkness of depression and into a life of purpose, happiness and success. Shelley’s performance is an honest and unbridled story that brings awareness to mental illness and inspires dialogue about stigma and the importance of finding real solutions to mental health issues.

The May 1, 2017 performance will be held at Guelph’s beautiful downtown venue, River Run Centre, and will raise funds for the Shelley Marshall Scholarship, a fund named in honour of Shelley’s important work and established to support a graduate student committed to finding solutions that improve care for mental illness through applied research.

Please save the date for this very special evening with Shelley Marshall and watch for further details in the new year.

Unity Run – May 14, 2016

The Unity Run (replacing the Blarney Run) is dedicated to First Responder Heroes lost in the battle against PTSD.  The event will include a 6.93K walk/run, a 10-4K run and a new 911 meter walk/run for children.  Every kilometer of the run will be in memory of a First Responder who has died by suicide.

Date: May 14, 2016

Location:  Confederation Park, Hamilton at the Waterfront Pavilion

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