Quick facts

The name of the project has its origins in the acronym:

Adolescent/young adult,
Connections to
Strengths-based and
Stigma-free services


There are 14 sites across 6 provinces and 1 territory implementing the ACCESS Open Minds framework in youth mental health settings.


Over 75% of mental health problems first appear between early adolescence and young adulthood.

(Source: Kessler, Chiu, & Demler, 2005)


ACCESS Open Minds has trained 132 clinicians, service providers, and team personnel at sites across Canada.

Currently, there are 14 ACCESS clinicians, 2 ACCESS lay health workers, and 10 ACCESS research personnel working at sites across Canada.


Since 2016, over 1,000 youth (and counting!) have been seen at ACCESS Open Minds sites across Canada.


The ACCESS Open Minds project is funded until March 2021.


Over 300 people — youth, family members and carers, service providers, researchers, members of community organizations, and policy-makers — from across the country form the first network launched under Canada’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR), funded through a partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graham Boeckh Foundation.