NORTHBEAT worked with family members and adults with lived experience accessing mental health services in Northwestern Ontario. We are grateful to the amazing members of the Family and Lived Experience Advisory Group.
The NorthBEAT Collaborative was a group of committed, caring people working together to make it easier for Northwestern Ontario youth experiencing mental health issues to get the services they need , when and where they need them.
NorthBEAT’s Family and Lived Experience Advisory Group Members helped to offer suggestions and insights on ways to improve access to mental health services in Northwestern Ontario.
Youth with psychosis in Northwestern Ontario do not get the help they need when they need it.
We're changing that.
NorthBEAT was a strategic systems collaborative working to make it easier for youth with psychosis to get the help they need, when and where they need them. The Collaborative was made up of service providers from a variety of sectors, including but not limited to: mental health, health care, police and first-responders, education, child and youth services, social and community services.
The Collaborative’s primary goals were to make sure that youth and families are able to easily navigate services and support their loved ones. The Family & Lived Experience Advisory Group (FLAG) was an opportunity for families and those over 25 to have a say in the Collaborative’s activities. FLAG members played a key role in identifying and bringing awareness to current issues and barriers regarding mental health within the community.
The NorthBEAT Collaborative was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund, and sponsored by the Centre for Applied Health Research at St. Joseph’s Care Group.