GBF Newsletter Volume 4.9
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Dear Subscribers,

In this newsletter, we feature two significant events related to the development of integrated youth services across Canada. First, the official launch of the Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) initiative. This project, which will include nine community sites, aims to demonstrate an integrated and youth-friendly model of care for mental health, addictions and social issues. Second, we highlight two site openings in the ACCESS Open Minds (AOM) Pan-Canadian project – one in the urban, high-immigrant community of Montreal Parc-Extension, and the other in the indigenous community of Eskasoni. These two sites, together with the other 12 sites across Canada, are a good illustration of the diversity of the AOM sites. The Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario and ACCESS Open Minds projects are two examples of the growing number of major initiatives being developed across Canada to create an integrated system for youth mental health and addictions.

We also congratulate Tony Boeckh, our Board Chair, on being selected as one of the Top 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.  

Finally, submissions for the Sam Lal Award are due on January 31
, 2018.

Graham Boeckh Foundation
In this issue:
Launch of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO)
ACCESS Open Minds - Two Site Opening Celebrations
150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
Tony Boeckh - One of Top 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health
Dr. Sam Lal
January 31, 2018 Deadline for Applications: 2018 Dr. Samarthji Lal Award
Launch of Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO)

The Ontario Integrated Youth Services Initiative, called Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO), officially launched and a call for proposals was issued in October.  Communities in Ontario have until December 15th to apply to be one of the five new sites selected. These new sites will add to the existing four sites located in Chatham Kent, Scarborough, Toronto East and Central Toronto, for a total initial network of nine sites across the province. These integrated service hubs will provide one-stop shop access to mental health, substance use, primary care, education/ employment/ training, housing and other community and social services for youth aged 12-25. With an emphasis on providing quality services in a timely manner, these hubs will also include peer services, outreach and much sought-after system navigation services. The vision for the project is to provide the right services to youth and their families, at the right time, and in the right place.

The project is being led by Dr. Joanna Henderson from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and is supported by a provincial coordination and implementation team from the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at CAMH and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. YWHO reflects a partnership between the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, with support from GBF. GBF worked with the mental health and addictions sector, government officials and other philanthropic partners to co-develop and co-fund the project and ensure strong governance and strategic alignment with other provincial initiatives.

More information on YWHO can be found on the website.

Access Open Minds - Two Site Opening Celebrations


The ACCESS Open Minds Youth Centre, CLSC Parc-Extension, Montreal 

The ACCESS Open Minds Youth Centre in Eskasoni First Nation, N.S.

Recently, two sites within the ACCESS Open Minds (AOM) network had official opening ceremonies: CLSC Parc-Extension in Montreal and the Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia.

The Parc-Extension ceremony was a gathering of youth, service providers, community members, and key governmental representatives. The program included visual arts, a video and music performances. The event highlighted the youth-oriented vision of the project as well as the ethnic diversity of the community. For more information and media coverage click here:

The ceremony in the Eskasoni First Nation was a celebration of the newly opened youth space.  It will provide extensive programing for youth, as well as AOM mental health and wellness services. The space, which was designed with and for Eskasoni’s youth, serves as a hub for the Eskasoni Integrated Mental Health Services program. For more information on the ceremony as well as media coverage, click here:

The AOM network is a pan-Canadian research-to-practice network with a mandate to demonstrate and evaluate a transformed system for youth mental health in a wide variety of community settings across Canada including urban, rural, remote and Indigenous communities. The project is jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Graham Boeckh Foundation. For more on AOM, click here:
Tony Boeckh - One of Top 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health

Congratulations to our Board Chair, Tony Boeckh, for being selected as one of the ‘150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health’. Tony was presented with the award November 15th at a ceremony held in Montreal that honoured all award recipients from Quebec. Among the numerous other recipients were Dr. Ashok Malla, principal investigator of the ACCESS Open Minds project, as well as Dr. André Delorme, Directeur national de la santé mentale, Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux. GBF congratulates all of the award recipients from across Canada.
January 31, 2018 Deadline for Applications: 2018 Dr. Samarthji Lal Award

In honour of Dr. Lal, GBF awards $25,000 annually to a mid-career researcher who is making an outstanding contribution in the area of psychiatry, with a focus on major mental disorders.

Dr. Lal was a co-founder of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre with Dr. N.P.V. Nair in 1979 and, in 1980, set up Canada’s first brain bank at the Douglas Hospital Research Institute.  Dr. Lal played a pivotal role in setting up the McGill Centre for Research on Schizophrenia and in the establishment of the Graham Boeckh Chair at the Douglas Institute of McGill University.

The deadline to submit applications for the 2018 Dr. Samarthji Lal award for mental health research is January 31, 2018.
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