Engaging youth and families in designing a mental health service plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: A participatory action research study

PI: Dr. Mario Cappelli

Study contact: [email protected]

Study contact full name: Matthew Kent

Research Area: Mental Health

Who to contact regarding participating: Mathew Kent ([email protected])

Lay Summary: The COVID-19 pandemic brought (1) changes in the mental health and addictions of young people and (2) an abrupt transition to the virtual delivery of services. We are seeking young people and caregivers of young people to participate in a virtual focus group to talk about their mental health and addictions service experiences, needs, and preferences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as ways these services can be improved. This information will be used by other young people, with help from researchers, to create tools that match the needs and wants of young people and families to improve Ontario’s mental health services.