iConnect: Online Tool for Young Adults with Mental Health Issues – NEW MHIF
The iConnect Project, is a collaboration between George Brown College and Stella’s Place, will be an online ‘front door’ to connection, assessment, peer support, and recovery services for young adults (ages 16-29) with mental health concerns who are in transition between various life stages (e.g. into college, into the workplace, or into mental health services). The solution will include a customizable web-based platform and mobile app that can be integrated into the existing websites of participating postsecondary, mental health, and addictions organizations in Ontario. Young adults will be fully engaged as partners throughout the planning and development process to ensure the solution meets their needs. More than an information and resources platform, iConnect will offer online chat with trained peer mentors and professional counsellors, user submissions, multimedia blogs, mental health tools, and relevant training materials. The solution will be a gateway to much needed services and supports for young adults in Ontario.