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Transforming youth mental health: a Canadian perspective

  • S. N. Iyer (a1) (a2) (a3), P. Boksa (a1) (a4), S. Lal (a2) (a5), J. Shah (a1) (a2), G. Marandola (a3), G. Jordan (a1) (a2), M. Doyle (a1) (a3), R. Joober (a1) (a2) and A. K. Malla (a1) (a2) (a3)...


In most mental illnesses, onset occurs before the age of 25 and the earliest stages are critical. The youth bear a large share of the burden of disease associated with mental illnesses. Yet, Canadian youths with mental health difficulties face delayed detection; long waiting lists; inaccessible, unengaging services; abrupt transitions between services; and, especially in remoter regions, even a complete lack of services. Responding to this crisis, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research announced a 5-year grant that was awarded to ACCESS, a pan-Canadian network of youths, families, clinicians, researchers, policymakers, community organisations and Indigenous communities. Using strategies developed collaboratively by all stakeholders, ACCESS will execute a youth mental healthcare transformation via early detection, rapid access and appropriate, high-quality care. The project includes an innovative, mixed-methods service research component. Similar in many respects to other national youth mental health initiatives, ACCESS also exhibits important differences of scale, scope and approach.


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*Address for correspondence: S. N. Iyer, Ph.D., Douglas Mental Health University Institute, ACCESS-Canada, 6625 Boulevard LaSalle, Montreal, QC H4H 1R3, Canada. (Email:


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Transforming youth mental health: a Canadian perspective

  • S. N. Iyer (a1) (a2) (a3), P. Boksa (a1) (a4), S. Lal (a2) (a5), J. Shah (a1) (a2), G. Marandola (a3), G. Jordan (a1) (a2), M. Doyle (a1) (a3), R. Joober (a1) (a2) and A. K. Malla (a1) (a2) (a3)...


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