GBF Newsletter 5.3

April 2019

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Dear Readers,

In this newsletter, we are pleased to provide an update on the progress in a few integrated youth services projects – namely Aire ouverte, ACCESS Open Minds and Frayme. We also highlight a recent report from MQ about funding for mental health research, and how little is being spent relative to other disease areas. 

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In this issue:
$20 million per year for each of the next five years
ACCESS Open Minds Update
First publication on Early Intervention in Psychiatry and 2017-2018 Annual Report
Frayme Accelerates Knowledge Transfer for Integrated Youth Services
FRAYME is the pan-Canadian and international knowledge exchange network for IYS
MQ Highlights Lack of Funding for Mental Health Research
MQ (UK-based) released a report analyzing funding for mental health research in the UK.
 Québec Government Commits Substantial Funding to Aire ouverte

The Government of Québec announced it would allocate $20 million per year for each of the next five years to Aire ouverte, the Québec integrated youth services project. This means at least 10 integrated youth services sites will open their doors over the next few years. The budget shows an intent to build on the existing demonstration sites in Laval, Montreal North and Sept-Îles.

Aire ouverte (formerly RSIJ) was publicly announced in August 2018, the result of a partnership between the Graham Boeckh Foundation, the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS) and the Québec Fund for Health Research (FRQS). It plans to set up highly accessible sites that provide a variety of services, from mental and sexual health to vocational support for youth aged 12 to 25.


 ACCESS Open Minds Update

ACCESS Open Minds is a pan-Canadian network evaluating transformed mental health services for youth in a variety of community contexts. The project is funded by the Graham Boeckh Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) through CIHR’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research.

First publication
ACCESS Open Minds has a first publication in the journal Early Intervention in Psychiatry. The article describes how ACCESS Open Minds came to be and its model for transforming mental health services for youth.

Read the article at:

2017-2018 Annual ReportOn December 18th, 2018, ACCESS Open Minds released its 2017-2018 Annual Report. The year was a busy one, with four new sites opening their doors. Research recruitment more than doubled, compared to 2016-2017, while 99% of youth surveyed said, they would recommend the service to a friend in a similar situation. The group launched its online data collection system and entered a collaboration with Foundry, Frayme and Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario to develop a standardized evaluation framework for youth services. ACCESS Open Minds published both a Community Mapping Guide and Early Identification Guide. Members of the Indigenous Council visited each other’s sites to share knowledge.

ACCESS Open Mind’s Annual Report can be accessed here:

 Frayme Accelerates Knowledge Transfer for Integrated Youth Services

In addition to a grant from the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program for its work as an international knowledge translation platform, Frayme receives support from GBF and a number of other organizations.

Frayme, the pan-Canadian and international network for knowledge exchange and mobilization of integrated youth services (IYS), supports more than 20 projects. These projects include best practices in youth engagement, data and evaluation systems for IYS, and stepped care pathways.

Frayme hosted two webinars on December 11th and February 14th to share some of its early findings. The first webinar focused on phase I of Frayme’s global scan of integrated youth services. Ian Manion and Meriem Benlamri spoke about the governance structures, challenges and services offered by IYS centres around the world. The second webinar shared the experiences of leaders of three different IYS initiatives in Canada: Jessica Chisholm-Nelson from ACCESS Open Minds, Joanna Henderson from YouthCan IMPACT in Toronto and Ayon Shahed from Choices for Youth in St. John’s.

Watch the webinars at

Check out the infographic from the IYS scan here
 MQ Highlights Lack of Funding for Mental Health Research

MQ, the UK-based charity aiming to transform mental health through research, released a report analyzing funding for mental health research in the UK. They found that once inflation is taken into account, the amount of research money going to into mental health has not increased since 2008, while grants for health research overall have increased by 7%. The UK spends just £9 on research for each person affected by mental illness each year, compared with £228 for each person affected by cancer. The report also highlighted the fact that only a tiny sliver of mental health research support comes from public fundraising. The picture in Canada is similar, given that the country lacks a large public charity that funds mental health research.

GBF and MQ are partners in the International Alliance of Mental Health Research Funders.

Read the MQ report:

A companion piece on methodology was published in The Lancet Psychiatry on February 26, 2019.
Available here:

Listen to an interview with Sophie Dix of MQ here

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