Guides and Downloads
The ACCESS Open Minds Network is developing evidence and stakeholder informed materials related to youth mental health in Canada. Remember to
check back, as new materials will be regularly posted!
Experiencing a delay in receiving mental health care can have significant and negative short- and long term impacts on youth who are in need of help. This practical guide was designed to help service providers, designers and administrators plan, monitor and evaluate specific activities to ensure that their services are reaching those in need, as early as possible.
This guide was designed to help improve relationships between services, identify strengths in the community, and individuals and institutions that come into contact with youth to better target relationship building. This guide includes a worksheet to support mapping activities with the various groups involved (youth, families and carers, service providers and managers).
This guide provides information on how technology can be mobilized to support the five ACCESS Open Minds service objectives: Early Identification, Rapid Access, Appropriate Care, Continuity of Care, and Youth and Family/Carers Engagement. Through outlining the potential benefits, uses, and risks of different e-Mental health methods on the spectrum of innovation, this practical guide can help services plan, build and evaluate their own mental health strategy.
This guide highlights various recommendations and resources to be used in the meaningful implementation of youth mental health peer support services. It is designed as a framework for community members and organizations that are interested in developing youth peer support initiatives in their communities.
Do you want to know more about the wonderful world of ACCESS Open Minds? If so, take a look at our first public annual report! It’s full of updates, facts, stories and pictures from the 2017-18 fiscal year and we hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it. We have come so far as a project and let our past achievements give you a sense of the amazing things to come!
We are delighted to share our very first publication with you: “Canadian response to need for transformation of youth mental health services: ACCESS Open Minds (Esprits ouverts)” published in Early Intervention in Psychiatry. This paper presents the exciting methods we are using to transform youth mental health services at our 14 pan-Canadian sites. Thanks to all of those involved in the writing, revising and other fun things involved in publishing. A huge thank you also goes out to our whole network: youth, services providers, site teams, families and carers, community partners, funders, policymakers, researchers and academics, whose hard work is what makes this project such a success! We know there are so many other things to share about this project so watch out for many more articles to come.
The Children and Youth in Challenging Contexts (CYCC) network: a national knowledge mobilization initiative that supports researchers, community based organizations, educators, policy makers, and others working to improve the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable and at-risk children and youth.
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health: works with Ontario child and youth mental health agencies to strengthen services and build an effective and accessible system of care.
headspace: based in Australia, provides early intervention mental health services to youth aged 12-25 years, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ well-being.
Orygen: based in Australia, this National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is a research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.