Disclaimer

Welcome to the ACCESS Open Minds website. By using this website, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agree to the following terms and conditions. ACCESS reserves the right to update or revise these terms and conditions at any time without notice.

For the general public: Through its website, ACCESS Open Minds makes it easier to contact and receive services from a mental health professional. However, THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT OFFER CLINICAL ADVICE, IT IS NOT DESIGNED TO TREAT MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS AND IT SHOULD NOT REPLACE PROPER MENTAL HEALTH CARE. Young people and their families/carers seeking diagnosis or treatment should consult their family physician or a qualified mental health professional without delay. Where they are available, ACCESS sites can provide such assessment and treatment services for mental health concerns. PLEASE SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS THAT YOU THINK NEEDS URGENT ATTENTION, BY GOING TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OR BY CALLING 911 OR YOUR LOCAL HELPLINE.

The material shared on this website is provided for informational purposes only and must not be considered complete or sufficient to draw any conclusion or make any decision regarding a person’s well-being. ACCESS makes every effort to provide relevant, correct, and up-to-date content, but it cannot guarantee that this content is free of errors and ACCESS will not be liable for inaccuracies or omissions. Use of this website, its content, and discussion forum is at your own risk.

For clinicians: The materials shared on ACCESS’ public website as well as in the password-protected intranet (My ACCESS) – including, but not limited to, training documents and videos – are intended solely for educational purposes. ACCESS cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your use of or reliance on this information. The diagnosis and/or treatment decisions you make with respect to an individual person to whom you are offering your services should only rest on your professional evaluation and judgment and be based on the specific clinical situation and needs of that individual person.

Third-party sources

This website features links to external sites as well as resources and tools from various third parties. No such link should be construed as support or an endorsement on the part of ACCESS. These are provided for your convenience only and while selected with care, they may not reflect the set of values, approaches, thoughts, opinions, or practices espoused by members of the ACCESS network. ACCESS does not have control over the content found on websites other than its own and therefore cannot be held accountable for the suitability or reliability of such external content.

PRIVACY POLICY

Use of cookies

The ACCESS website uses cookies, small text files that are stored in your computer or mobile device’s web browser when you first visit a site or a webpage. Cookies record bits of information such as the date and time you visited the ACCESS website, the address of the site from which you arrived, the pages you viewed, the amount of time you spent on each page, and your server address (IP). This information helps us better understand how you navigate around our ACCESS website so that we can personalize and improve your experience. Cookies only provide us with general data. They are not used to gather personal information and do not make it possible to identify individual users. ACCESS will not share this data with parties external to its network. By continuing to browse this website, you agree to the use of cookies.

Disclosure of personal information

ACCESS takes the privacy of visitors to its website seriously. And it maintains strict standards to protect the confidentiality of service users.

You may, in some circumstances, voluntarily supply ACCESS with your personal information (e.g. when you apply for a job at our central office or one of our sites, register for our newsletter, contact a clinician by phone or email, etc.). The project’s central office and ACCESS sites may collect, store, use, and disclose your contact information as well as any other personal information you have shared with us deemed relevant or necessary to conduct health and social research, provide service users with the care they need, keep you apprised of the project’s progress, and protect ACCESS’ legal interests.

We will not sell or trade the information we collect with organizations outside of the ACCESS network, nor will we use the information to contact you on an ongoing basis for purposes other than what you originally agreed to. If you sign up to the ACCESS newsletter, for instance, we will only use your email address to send you the newsletter unless you explicitly opt-in to other email communications. You may opt-out of receiving further communications from us at any time.

COPYRIGHT

All content posted on this website is the copyright of ACCESS Open Minds or is licensed by other individuals or entities. Text, graphics, images, and other material may not be reproduced or republished without the express written consent of ACCESS or the copyright owner(s).