Contact information

Vickie Plourde

68 Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur Street
Moncton, New Brunswick
E1A 3H6

T (506) 858-4992


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Province of New Brunswick

Our New Brunswick team is made up of youth and their supporters, First Nations, community, researchers, decision makers, and service providers. New Brunswick was chosen as a site for this research project because it is representative of Canada. It is bilingual, diverse, urban, and rural. Download the ACCESS OM NB Project Overview


Meet our Partnering Communities!

As the only province-wide demonstration site, we work with Partnering Communities (PCs) around the province to provide safe spaces and support for local communities and youth. Our Partnering Communities are currently located in:

Elsipogtog Health & Wellness Center


Centre de Bénévolat de la Péninsule Acadienne

Nancy Milliea
Elsipogtog Youth Center Supervisor
205 Big Cove Road
Elsipogtog, NB   E4W 2S1
Stephanie Tucker-Kilfoil
ACCESS OM NB Clinician
126 Duke Street
Saint John, NB   E2L 1N6
 Isabelle Godin
ACCESS OM NB Clinician
220, boul. Saint-Pierre Ouest, suite 100
Caraquet, NB   E1W 1A5
Tel.: (506) 523-4741
Tel.: (506) 658-5374
Tel.: (506) 727-1866


Meet our Team!

For general inquiries or to become involved in the ACCESS OM NB project, please reach us at

Vickie Plourde, PhD, Primary Investigator

Laure Bourdon, Research Coordinator

Krystelle LeBlanc, Administrative Assistant

New Brunswick’s challenges

In the Children and Youth Rights and Well-being Snapshot, the New Brunswick Health Council and the Child and Youth Advocate reported that:

  • In New Brunswick, the rate of youth hospitalization due to mental health issues in 2013-2014 was twice the Canadian average.
  • Many NB youth report that they are unhappy with the mental health care they receive.

New Brunswick’s solution

We will work to make sure that all New Brunswick youth have timely access to community-based mental health care. We will listen and work with youth and their supporters. We will look for people and organizations that offer support to the community already. We will work with them to find out what other support is needed. Our suggestions will be tailored to each community, recognizing that each is different and unique.

ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick Research and Evaluation Plan

During the project, we will collect and analyze information to see how our work makes a difference in the lives of youth in NB.

  • ACCESS Open Minds NB Partnering Communities get together in Elsipogtog First Nation


    Read more about the meeting here: Report-face-to-face Meeting Elsipogtog 2018

    June 6, 2018

    Following the 2017 ACCESS Open Minds NB event in Caraquet, approximately 40
    people from the ACCESS Open Minds NB program met for two days at the Elsipogtog First
    Nation Youth Center. The Elsipogtog ACCESS site hosted young people who are receiving
    ACCESS mental health services, social workers, researchers and family members from the
    three ACCESS OM / ES NB sites, namely Elsipogtog, Caraquet and St John.

    Read the full face-to-face meeting report for full details!

  • ACCESS OM NB partners with Medavie

    March 26, 2018

    ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation announce a partnership with Medavie. Read about it here:

  • #MyDefintion Campaign

    Started in 2014 by the Student Union at the University of New Brunswick, and run by Lee Thomas, #MyDefinition is an online and print poster campaign (well… a combination of a lot of campaigns!) which aims to smash stigma and spread the message: your mental health is a part of you, but it does not define you.

    ACCESS OM NB invites you to meet six of our brave faces who are working in their communities as mental health advocates and leaders.

  • ACCESS OM NB announces Partnering Communities!

    May 4, 2017

    ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick (ACCESS OM NB) is pleased to announce partnerships with three provincial community organizations that will enable them to open their doors to young people struggling with mental health challenges and improve access to integrated mental health care. Click here to download the press release.

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