Resources, Guides, and Downloads

Resources, Guides, and Downloads

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!

Early Identification Guide:

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.

Community Mapping Guide:

Created with members of the ACCESS Open Minds Youth Council, Family and Carers Council and other network members, this guide was designed to improve connections between services by identifying community strengths, and resources that come in contact with youth to inform targets for relationship building. The guide includes a worksheet to facilitate and support local mapping activities with multiple stakeholders (including youth, families and carers, service providers and administrators).

eMental Health Guide:

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 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.

Peer Support Guide:

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.

To access the links to download the free guides, please enter your name, email address and organization (if applicable).

ACCESS Open Minds - Community Mapping Guide
ACCESS Open Minds - Early Identification Guide
ACCESS Open Minds - eMental Health Guide
ACCESS Open Minds - Peer Support Guide


Canadian Mental Health Association: a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Search for your local CMHA division here.


mindyourmindworks with young people aged 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience, in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet.

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.

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