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Resources and Tips for COVID-19

We have recently circulated a list of mental health resources for our network members during this uncertain time. These include items such as: transitioning to online care, coping with anxiety and stress, considerations when viewing media on COVID-19 and ways to get involved with resource collection. We hope that this may be helpful for you…

An Open Letter to Canadian Youth during COVID-19

I hope everyone is keeping well and safe. I know we are all doing our best. These are exceptional times with very strange circumstances. To say that is to repeat what is obvious. I have been in social isolation for two weeks. I had flu symptoms and was awaiting results of the COVID-19 test with…

RECORDED WEBINAR NOW AVAILABLE: Online Communication and Counselling with Youth

This 90 minute webinar presented the benefits, challenges, and practical strategies to consider when communicating with youth using online technologies (e.g., via texting, live chat, or other online formats) in the context of delivering mental health services. If you missed this webinar, you can view the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsZ2PWsKm9Q In addition, powerpoint slides are available…

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In the Media

ACCESS OM Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle site featured in Montreal Families

ACCESS OM Dorval-Lachine-LaSalle (DLL) was recently featured on the “Montreal Families” website. Montreal Families, a free monthly newspaper for parents and caregivers, recently showcased the work being done by ACCESS Open Minds. They specifically highlighted the work being done at the DLL site which includes art therapy, group counselling discussions, advice on managing symptoms, and other…

A new ACCESS OM space in downtown Sarnia!

It’s been a big week for ACCESS Open Minds: In case you missed it, a new ACCESS OM space is opening in downtown Sarnia! The new site will be located at the corner of Lochiel and Front streets in downtown Sarnia, and will be a mental health and addictions youth space for youth 11 to…

Stories of troubled youth inspired Weir mental health campaign

Eight-time PGA Tour winner and 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir says that  “eye-opening” stories of troubled youth in his hometown of Sarnia, ON is what led him to launch a fundraising campaign for a youth mental health facility. The Mike Weir Foundation announced The Chip-In-Challenge for Mental Health last month to help build an ACCESS Open Minds facility for youth…

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