The International Knowledge Exchange Network for Mental Health

The formation of the IKEN-MH was jointly envisioned by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL), to increase the capacity for effective knowledge exchange in mental health by connecting people, ideas, and resources on a global level.

The goal of the IKEN-MH is to reduce the time from innovation to implementation to improve population mental health while focusing its efforts on:

  • Building capacity & infrastructure;
  • KE research and tool development;
  • Utilizing technology to enhance connectivity; and
  • Increasing the uptake of evidence informed knowledge.

The inaugural meeting for the IKEN-MH took place on July 9-10, 2012 in St. John's, Newfoundland. In March 2013, the IKEN-MH met as part of the IIMHL exchange  and network meeting held in Auckland, New Zealand. The June 2014 meeting was held in Sweden and Manchester.

The IKEN-MH recently published an article in the Global Journal on Community Psychological Practice on Transformative Change in Community Mental HealthRead the article

The IKEN-MH Steering Committee is comprised of experts in the field of mental health from Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

For more information on the IKEN-MH Network, please contact:

Hannah Kohler
Network Coordinator
Mental Health Commission of Canada
hkohler@mentalhealthcommission.ca