A team of experts led by the Center for Addiction and Mental Health is creating an online platform that they say will fill long-standing gaps in youth mental health care.
CAMH says the Canada Youth Mental Health Insights Platform will help young people find service providers in their area, while also allowing mental health practitioners to document and collect important data on a national scale.
Dr Sean Hill, who is leading the project, said the platform will give providers tools to track and communicate about operational interventions.
This large-scale data collection will also enable AI-driven analytics that can help inform public policy, says Hill.
“We foresee serving policymakers a national atlas of adolescent mental health, understanding where the greatest need is for services … and how to do so. we make sure that resources can be allocated to really fill the gaps.”
The platform will also help mental health providers tailor their services to better meet the needs of different groups, said Dr. know.
“Maybe having an approach that highlights the needs of communities where there is a particularly high level of vulnerability would be important to achieving better equity in our system,” said Henderson. we”.
Henderson said one of the main advantages of the project is that it was designed with input from young people on how to ensure the portal serves their needs, as well as that of the doctors. clinicians and researchers.
“The most important ideas contained in this work that we are about to embark on have all come from young people,” says Henderson.
“We need ways to amplify young people’s voices in decisions that affect them.”
The project is supported by a $5 million grant from the Canadian Brain Research Fund, and is expected to be built over the next three years.