McMaster University

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PhD student in mental health research awarded Trudeau scholarship

Published: June 10, 2016
Heather Bullock
Heather Bullock

A prestigious doctoral scholarship has been received by a McMaster University PhD student in health policy.

Heather Bullock, who is identifying the best ways to embed mental health policy into Canada's social system, has received a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholarship.

She is one of 15 Canadian social sciences and humanities students being recognized for their academic excellence, civic engagement and commitment to reaching beyond academic circles. Bullock is McMaster University's third Trudeau scholar since the scholarships were established in 2003.

She says this scholarship is a significant gesture towards her research and Canada's mental health strategies.

"Mental health presents the greatest disability burden on the planet. People with mental health problems encounter many societal barriers often stemming from stigma and discrimination that can affect their ability to participate as full members of society," said Bullock.

"This scholarship will enable me to conduct some international field work that would have otherwise been severely reduced, and will allow me to gain a richer understanding of mental health policy supports that I'm studying."

Bullock's current studies are aimed at developing a framework for mental health policy. In doing so, she's looking at how other nations' policies compare to those of Canada — countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and the United States.

The scholarship also allows Bullock mentorship and engagement opportunities within the Trudeau foundation community. The award is worth $60,000 for each of three years.

[Read more about Bullock and her research from the Trudeau Foundation website]

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