UAlberta ACCESS Open Minds Community Brokers

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

  • 1. Writing for Healing

    Enjoy some tea and cookies while attending a writing workshop with poet and U of A alumna (School of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, 2015 graduate) Laureate Nisha Patel. Participants will learn the benefits of writing as a way to express creativity, de-stress, and work through issues. Small notebooks will be provided.

    Wednesday, October 2, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-noon or noon-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB

  • 2. Blow Painting

    Express yourself through art and learn how being creative can help you de-stress and be mindful of the present moment. Art supplies will be provided.

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB

  • 3. Ask Me Anything: Dietitian

    Feast on some healthy snacks and get answers to your questions related to food and healthy eating practices from U of A alumna, Lalitha Taylor (Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Food Science, 2005 graduate).

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-300 SUB

  • 4. Setting Goals

    Map out your goals with creative concepts derived from vision boards.

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB

  • 5. Tricks or Treats

    Have some fun with tricks from a magician and munch on sweet treats with ASSET volunteers.

    Wednesday, October 30, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-300 SUB

  • 6. Celebrate Kindness & Gratitude

    Garner a sense of gratitude and kindness, and express your thanks to others with hand-written thank you cards.

    Wednesday, November 6, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB

  • 7. Ask Me Anything: Personal Trainer

    Munch on healthy snacks and receive health-related insights to your fitness questions from a Campus & Community Recreation personal trainer.

    Wednesday, November 20, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-300 SUB

  • 8. National Games & Puzzles Day

    Take a break and de-stress with games, puzzles and crosswords, while enjoying popcorn and beverages.

    Wednesday, November 27, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB

  • 9. Release Your Inner Child

    Use your creativity and curiosity to de-stress. Participants will have access to play dough, Lego, colouring books, and tools to decorate holiday cookies.

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019
    11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    2-725 SUB


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