MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government and Medavie are providing funding in support of youth experiencing mental health challenges.

The funding is being provided to ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick (ACCESS OM NB) a provincial demonstration site taking a community approach to transforming the youth mental health system.

“It is encouraging to see initiatives such as ACCESS OM NB supporting youth who struggle with complex mental health needs,” said Health Minister Benoît Bourque. “By working together with the Integrated Service Delivery model and the Network of Excellence, we are building a foundation and continuing to focus on preventive care and support for our youth.”

Medavie is providing $360,000 to the program over three years. This is in addition to a March 2015 investment of $1.7 million over seven years from the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF).

“With child and youth mental health being a core health cause of our foundation, we support evidenced-based solutions in ensuring youth have access to appropriate mental health care in living their best lives,” said Medavie CEO Bernard Lord. “Medavie is pleased to support ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick and to help facilitate future ACCESS sites. As a not-for-profit health solutions partner, this provincewide initiative aligns with our commitment to improve the wellbeing of Canadians.”

“ACCESS Open Minds New Brunswick is an innovative project focused on faster access to appropriate services for the community of children and youth living with mental health challenges in New Brunswick,” said Jimmy Bourque, primary investigator for ACCESS OM NB. “Medavie’s important financial contribution will directly improve support services for this community of children and youth. On behalf of ACCESS OM NB, I wish to thank Medavie for their involvement with mental health causes.”

ACCESS Open Minds is a national research and evaluation project co-funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and the Graham Boeckh Foundation (GBF) that aims to transform the way youth aged 11 to 25 access and use mental health services in Canada.