Helping Youth In Chatham-Kent

ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent in downtown Chatham, May 31, 2018. (Photo by Cheryl Johnstone)

After two years in the community, ACCESS Open Minds Chatham-Kent is finally putting down roots at a permanent location.

“We’ve had a couple of relocations,” says Coordinator Rebecca Prince. “We were at the old YMCA, and then we had to relocate, and we are going to our permanent location now at 140 King St. W. So we’re getting a lot of foot traffic, and a lot of need is in the community.”

ACCESS Open Minds counsellors meet with youth to figure out how they can help.

“Whether they’re looking for housing, or education assistance, or mental health assistance as well, they will help to navigate the mental health system for them,” says Prince. “So they make appropriate referrals, whether that’s counselling or case management, and get them connected with where they need to go in the community.”

Prince says they serve people ages 11-24 and their family members.

“As a one-stop shop for their mental health needs,” she says. Anybody experiencing a mental illness, from the most mild form to the most severe form, they can call, email, or drop in and get connected to appropriate supports in a timely manner.”

The grand opening is taking place Friday, June 1 at their new location at 140 King St. W in Chatham from 3pm-5pm.