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The Canadian Youth Mental Health Insight (CYMHI) Platform: Optimizing mental health for youth across Canada through open data, machine learning, and knowledge exchange

Principal Investigator:
  • Sean Hill, University of Toronto
Team Members:
  • Aristotle Voineskos, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Joanna Henderson, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto
  • Steve Mathias, Foundry BC; University of British Columbia"
  • Pamela Skye Barbic, Foundry BC; University of British Columbia
  • Gina Dimitropoulos, University of Calgary
  • Paul Arnold, University of Calgary
  • Patricia Conrod, Université de Montreal, CHU Ste-Justine
  • Sherry Stewart, Dalhousie University
  • Nicole Kozloff, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto
  • Daniel Felsky, Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University of Toronto
  • Renee Linklater, Shkaabe Makwa – Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Kathy Georgiades, McMaster University
  • Daniel Buchman, Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Branka Agic, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Karolin Krause, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; University College London
  • Jean Addington, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary
  • Scott Patten, University of Calgary
  • Eran Tal, McGill University
  • Nancy Mayo, McGill University
  • Susan Bartlett, McGill University
  • Shauna MacEachern, Frayme
  • Katherine Bright, University of Calgary
  • Laura Gagnon, Shkaabe Makwa – Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Wellness, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Karen Tee, Foundry BC
  • Janis Wolfe, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario
  • Debbie Chiodo, Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario
  • Katherine Hay, Kickstand
  • Steven Adelsheim, Stanford University; Allcove
  • Patrick McGorry, Orygen; headspace-Australia; International Association for Youth Mental Health
  • Alex O'Neill, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • RBC Future Launch
  • Power Corporation of Canada

Project Overview

Our aim is to optimise mental health for youth across Canada, by providing a state-of-the-art informatics platform to support knowledge and data integration, open data, machine learning and improved communication between stakeholders – the Canadian Youth Mental Health Insight Platform. The platform will transform research and enable knowledge discovery, exchange and innovation between population and community-based prevention programs, integrated youth services networks, and large-scale research studies. The project will engage youth, family members, clinicians, service providers, policymakers, researchers, biomedical scientists, and data scientists from throughout Canada who will collectively design, build, and use the platform. Impact of the platform will be demonstrated through three core projects: personalised services recommender to match users to available services, precision predictive modelling to provide personalised trajectory prediction for decision support, and establishing a national youth mental health atlas to enable proactive data-driven policy decisions. Platform governance is of paramount importance and will balance engagement, privacy and integration, harmonising outcome measures and data collection, and facilitating analysis and prediction to support continuous program and system improvement in a learning health system committed to the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI).