The Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal is affiliated with Université de Montréal. IUSM works on improving mental health for residents of public housing by improving living conditions in social housing.
Research by the IUSM has found that the mental health of public housing residents improves when residents are engaged in decisions to improve their living environments. The Mental Health in Public Housing project will develop a facilitator’s guide and workbook for engaging residents. At least two ongoing initiatives will take place in Montreal and Ottawa, which will generate research on the impact of the initiative, and eventually expanding the project to other communities.