Mission and Goals

Our primary goal is to eliminate social inequities in mental health through innovative research, knowledge exchange, and training initiatives aimed at developing programs, policies, and interventions that will ultimately improve the mental health of men and women in Canada and the international community.

Our Mission

The Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health (CGSM) supports collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users from Canada, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

CGSM investigators address gender and social inequities in mental health through the development of innovative research, knowledge exchange and training initiatives.


  • To support an environment for the development of collaborative partnerships among interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams of researchers and research users.
  • To further develop and integrate intersectional and gender and sex based analysis tools and methods to address gender and social inequities in mental health and substance use, and to explore the applicability of other methodological frameworks.
  • To foster the development of research initiatives in the following five priority areas: mental health reform and policy; recovery and housing; reproductive mental health; violence, mental health, and substance use and; the criminal justice system, mental health and substance use.
  • To develop, implement, and evaluate innovative mechanisms for knowledge exchange and integration among teams of researchers, people with direct experience of mental illness and substance use, practitioners, and policy makers regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • To provide high quality training and mentorship of students and community based researchers, thus building capacity for research, knowledge exchange and knowledge application on gender, social inequities, and mental health.