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Thought Spot – Addressing Barriers to Access

Thought Spot – Addressing Barriers to Access

Tuesday June 9th, 2015 from 11:30 – 12:00 pm

Workshop Overview

This presentation described Thought Spot, a student-led digital innovation project.  The purpose of Thought Spot was to bring students together to address barriers to accessing mental health- and addictions-related services by using web-based and mobile interactive mapping technologies. Taking a holistic, wellness-oriented approach, CAMH, along with partners at Ryerson University, OCAD University, the University of Toronto and Connex Ontario, provided resources to participating students to create What resulted was a dynamic, interactive, updatable map that can be crowdsourced, which includes over 1000 “thoughtspots”: mental health, addictions and wellness services across the GTA.

Launched in August, 2014, the website was then the focus of a November, 2014 hack event called Hackathought, where 14 student-led teams were challenged to create innovative mobile approaches to the mythoughtspot website. The winning project, “Check it!”, interfaces directly with the Thought Spot map and allows participants to map and share wellness walks across the GTA. The project was then built out and integrated into a native mobile application (iOS and Android) that will be made available in May, 2015.


Andrew Johnson, Manager, Client and Family Education & CAMH Publiciation, Centre for Addiction & Mental Health

Andrew has been mental health professional for over 15 years. His work has focused on capacity-building/knowledge exchange projects in the areas of methadone-maintenance treatment, mental health and addictions treatment within family health teams and digital innovation projects aimed at serving transition-aged youths.  Phone: 416-535-8501 x36664 Email:


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