The U of A ACCESS Community Brokers team is dedicated to making a difference in how youth access and engage with mental health supports. We are a team focused on student wellness and work in conjunction with a nationwide group of ACCESS Open Minds stakeholders to improve student wellness.
Working with a number of service professionals from different sites across Canada allows us to contribute, on a national level, to youth mental health service design, delivery, evaluation, and research. This collaboration ensures that Canadian youth - including U of A students - are able to navigate, access, and engage with the mental health supports and services they need, when they need them.
We are committed to providing ongoing assistance to our students throughout the process of attaining appropriate mental health supports, and strive to bridge service gaps and connect students to timely and effective resources. We also listen to students who may be experiencing feelings of stress, who feel overwhelmed, confused, or who are looking to improve their overall well-being so that we can further enhance our ability to help shape how students navigate, access, and engage with mental health supports.
To ensure our goals, roles and responsibilities meet the needs of our students, and align with national standards, we also:
- Provide timely, situation-appropriate access to youth-friendly care surrounding mental health and wellness concerns
- Work to improve youth engagement and awareness regarding mental health issues and early identification
- Collaborate with groups and other student resources and wellness initiatives on campus to inform and support best practices
- Support the ACCESS U of A Youth Council as an advisory body to provide a student voice/youth perspective on student mental health