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ACCESS OM is awarded CIHR Network Catalyst Grant

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) awarded a Network Catalyst Grant to address this challenge in the youth mental health sector, which is now compounded by the pandemic. This initiative is led by ACCESS Open Minds (AOM), with direction from Dr. Jai Shah. To design and implement a common evaluation framework for youth mental…

COVID-19: Family & Carer Resource List

During these uncertain times, it can be challenging to find support and resources. We are so fortunate to have family and carers in our network who are looking out for youth and for one another. If you don’t know where to start looking or want to know what else is out there, check out this…

Spring has sprung our latest newsletter!

While we continue to adjust to our “new normal” during these uncertain times, we wanted to make sure we kept everyone up-to-date on what is happening within our network. In our latest newsletter, we share some updates, positive messages and achievements from our network, as well as resources and what’s to come. Read our newsletter…

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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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