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ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent

140 King Street West
Chatham, Ontario
N7M 1E3

T (519) 437-6329

F (519) 351-4882


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Chatham-Kent, ON

ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent is the only ACCESS OM site in Ontario, funded through a national research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Our site serves a small, urban centre and the surrounding rural areas. Chatham-Kent has a population of approximately 108,000 and it includes two First Nations communities. The new youth hub brings together existing community partners who are committed to working in a new collaborative and innovative way, offering a “one-stop shop” for young people aged 11-25 and their families looking for mental health support.

Participation in ACCESS Open Minds


Reaching out to the ACCESS Open Minds team looks like this:

STEP 1) Contact our team

Option A – We encourage you to you call (519-437-6329) or email us ( to book an appointment. If you leave a voicemail, one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible to figure out how we can best support you.

Option B – You may also drop in to ACCESS Open Minds to book an appointment. We’re located at 140 King Street West in Chatham and are open Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm.


STEP 2) Initial screening

 After contacting our team, you will be scheduled an appointment to meet with one of our Peer Navigators/Research Assistants. During your first meeting, you will discuss:

  • What’s currently happening that led you to contact us
  • What supports you currently have
  • Areas in your life where you are looking for additional support
  • The things you are working on right now
  • The ACCESS Open Minds research and evaluation project (participation is voluntary)

*Staff will also collect some demographic information with you at this time. If you have a health card, please bring it with you 🙂


STEP 3) Connecting to appropriate services

Typically, it takes a few appointments to collect all the necessary information required to connect you to the appropriate service(s). During this process, you will be given information about resources that you express interest in, and if these resources require a referral, our team will assist you through that process.


STEP 4) Follow up

Our team will stay in touch with you until you feel your needs are being met. You are also welcome to return to the drop-in hours if you need a space to talk to someone. In addition to our regular opening hours and array of other activities and services, our team also offers Single Session counselling, available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am – 11:00am and 1:00pm – 3:00pm on a first-come,-first-served basis.



Our service and community partners:

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Chatham-Kent Children’s Services (CKCS)
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA)
Erie St. Clair Local Health Integrated Network, Mental Health & Addictions Nurses
Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CHC)
Chatham-Kent Police Service
Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit
Municipality of Chatham-Kent Homes 4 Youth Program
Chatham-Kent Victim Services
Peer Support Services
Family Peer Support Services
Family Service Kent (FSK)
Lambton-Kent District School Board
Make Children Better Now (MCBN)
Mental Health Network (Hope House)
Restorative Justice Chatham-Kent
Western Area Youth Services (WAYS)
St. Clair Catholic District School Board

  • Markie

    Administrative Assistant

  • Stephanie

    Youth First Responder

  • Aaron

    Early Intervention Nurse

  • Ashley

    Peer Navigator/Research Assistant

  • Alex

    Peer Navigator/Research Assistant

  • Chae

    Peer Navigator/Research Assistant

  • Janice

    Transitional Age Youth Case Manager

  • Megan

    Promotions Specialist/Single Session Therapist

  • Rebecca

    Clinical Coordinator

  • Jennifer

    Early Intervention Nurse

  • Not Pictured

    Nurses, Social Worker and Occupational Therapist with the Early Intervention Team, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, KIDS Team Coordinator, Family Navigators, Municipality of Chatham Kent Homes4Youth workers, and Chatham-Kent Children’s Services Clinician.

  • Update from ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent

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