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 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.

Please see our webpage for a list of members.

Summary of relevant work: 

Members of the IKEN-MH in partnership with the MHCC delivered several SPARK International workshops in Sweden, Australia, and New Zealand.

What is SPARK? (Supporting the Promotion of Activated Research and Knowledge Training Program) It can take more than 10 years for evidence-based knowledge to be translated into best practice. Created in 2012, the SPARK Training Program helps participants apply techniques for moving evidence-informed research and knowledge in mental health, substance use, and addictions more quickly into practice.

SPARK brings together professionals, researchers, policy-makers, and volunteers from across the globe for training with KT experts, including a two-and-a-half-day workshop, networking, ongoing group mentoring, and post-workshop assignments.


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Seeking collaboration with: 
Other organizations
Experts by experience/service users
Policy makers