NorthBEAT Youth Advisory Group


NORTHBEAT worked with youth with direct (or indirect) lived experience with accessing mental health services in Northwestern Ontario. We are grateful for everyone who joined our Youth Advisory Group!

The NorthBEAT Collaborative was a group of committed, caring people who worked 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 Youth Advisory Group Members contributed their expertise 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 that worked to make it easier for youth with psychosis to get the help they need, when and where they need it. 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. Since the Collaborative’s primary focus was on the youth of Northwestern Ontario, it was vital that a Youth Advisory Group be a part of the Collaborative.

The best way to understand and realize what youth need is for us to hear it from the youth. Youth played a key role in identifying and bringing awareness to current issues and barriers regarding mental health within the community.  Youth Advisory Group members helped offer suggestions and insights on ways to improve access to mental health services in Northwestern Ontario.
NorthBEAT Collaborative - Supported by St. Joseph's Care Group and Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund (2017-21)
NorthBEAT - 2017 Ontario Trillium Foundation Youth Opportunities Fund Recipient
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.
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"The NorthBEAT Collaborative is taking innovative steps to help youth living with psychosis overcome barriers to diagnosis and treatment. St. Joseph's Care Group commends the Youth Advisory Group and Family and Lived Experience Advisory Group who, together with Dr. Chiachen Cheng's research team, contributed to educational resources and social media strategies designed for the youth in Northwestern Ontario and beyond to get the information that they need to identify psychosis and understand how to access care early on."
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