ACCESS Open Minds is an exciting nation-wide research project with the goal of developing an evidence-informed, sustainable, and scalable model for mental health service delivery that could transform youth mental health outcomes across Canada.
Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation, ACCESS Open Minds is composed of 12 research and demonstration sites located in six provinces and one territory. The goals for each of the sites are:
- early identification;
- quick access for an initial assessment (within 72 hours);
- abolition of age-based transitions creating a seamless service for 11-25 year old youth; and
- access to high-quality, evidence-informed interventions within one month, when needed.
In addition to these goals, the University of Alberta ACCESS site aims to specifically:
- improve youth engagement in mental wellness and community supports;
- provide early access to resiliency-based resources through online and in-person initiatives; and
- to provide a range of appropriate interventions.