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!

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Our roles are not at ease: The work of engaging a youth advisory council in a mental health services delivery organization

Authors: Eugenia Canas, Nadine Wathen, Helene Berman, Paula Reaume-Zimmer & Srividya Iyer

There is growing policy impetus for including youth voices in health services research and health system reform. This article examines the perspectives of professionals in a mental healthcare organization charged with engaging young people as advisors in service transformation.

Family & Carers Council Perspectives

Perspectives on the invaluable contributions made by families and carers in the ACCESS Open Minds project.

Research Digest: Qualitative exploration of best practices working with suicidal behaviour and self-harm

A quick summary of the Best practice when working with suicidal behaviour and self-harm in primary care: a qualitative exploration of young people’s perspectives article by Bellairs-Walsh et al.

Research Digest: Qualitative Exploration of Team Members’ Experiences with Youth and Family Engagement

A quick summary of the Qualitative Exploration of Team Members’ Experiences with Youth and Family Engagement article.

Research Digest: ACCESS Open Minds Research Protocol

A quick summary of the ACCESS Open Minds research protocol paper.

Impact of ACCESS Open Minds: Early Results

ACCESS Open Minds collected and analyzed preliminary data from 14 of our sites across the country. These insights highlight the mental health needs of Canadian youth seeking services, and the impact of integrated youth mental health services.

The research from ACCESS Open Minds provides critical new knowledge, including an overview of wait times for access to youth mental health services across the country, that can serve as a backbone for making evidence-based services and policy decisions for this evolving sector.

These early insights are a first-ever example of the potential of a pan-Canadian network to transform mental health care – a step towards ensuring that all youth living in Canada can access the help they need on their terms, no matter where they live.