UAlberta ACCESS Open Minds Community Brokers

We are open

We're here to support you! We may be working remotely but we're still "here" to provide you with the services that you need.

Please go to the COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) Information page for the university's latest updates.

Service Notice

We are operating Monday to Friday as usual. We are meeting with students over the phone, via Google Hangout, and in person. However, due to limited capacity we encourage students to email to book an appointment.

Who We Are

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.

What We Do

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

Ask Me Anything! with ASSET

Join the Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET) on select Wednesdays for conversation and snacks.  

As U of A grads, we know the challenges and stresses of being a student. We've been in your shoes! Ask us about our school experiences, first jobs, career successes and failures, and anything else you might be wondering about life after university. 

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (drop-in anytime)

ACCESS Open Minds office (SUB 2-300)

  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 (CANCELLED)
    Amanda, ՚07 BA, ՚15 MLIS
    Amanda has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in library and information studies from UAlberta. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and minored in classics. She studied library science because she is passionate about education and literacy. Amanda currently works at the Alberta School of Business as an admission and records assistant helping prospective graduate students. Whenever she gets a chance, she is at a play, a movie or the ballet. She is proudly nerdy and at home at comic expos.
    Ask Amanda about self-care and self-compassion, maintaining a positive outlook while searching for work, how to build a professional wardrobe on a budget, fun and nerdy things to do in Edmonton, and living with food and environmental allergies  
    Amber, ՚99 BA(Hons), ՚05 MA
    Amber is a proud U of A grad with a master's degree in Communications and Technology and a bachelor of arts honours degree in Psychology. She currently works as a Career Development Officer for the Faculty of Arts where she oversees career services programming for Arts undergraduate students. Her portfolio includes Arts Work Experience, which encompasses co-op and internship programming. She is a Certified Career Coach and has worked in career and student service roles at the U of A for 15 years. She has also been an active volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association for over 10 years. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for a run, walking her dog, traveling and eating good food.
    Ask Amber about career options with an arts degree, how to make the most of your degree, work search strategies, experiential learning opportunities, and must-see travel destinations.


On Campus
  • Youth Voices Matter

    UAlberta's ACCESS Open Minds is seeking first-year student participants (undergraduate and graduate students who are 25 and younger) to be part of change in how mental health services in our community are designed, delivered, and accessed. To share your perspective on the care you receive, and for more information on our research and services, email