ACCESS Mental Health

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ACCESS Mental Health

ACCESS Mental Health

STATUS: Ongoing (2013 – 2020)

The Project:

Atlantic Canada Children’s Effective Service Strategies (ACCESS-MH) is an eight-year research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to examine barriers and facilitators in access to child/youth mental health services in Atlantic Canada.


Between 2013-2018 this research program brought together a cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary team of researchers, health care providers, and decision makers from Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland to take an innovative approach to studying how services are provided to children and youth identified with anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorders, conduct disorder, and eating disorders.

The team at the YLRL is led the aspects of qualitative patient journeys, employing interviews and visual methods to garner stories from children, youth, parents, and service providers about their experiences of the child/youth mental health system.