Over at the CivicTechTO meetups, I’ve started up a project with a bunch of awesome volunteers to tackle a simple question:

How do you find effective, accessible mental health services in Toronto?

The answers, however, have been anything but simple. Each answer typically comes in the form of a story. And we’re finding that these are stories full of hope, frustration, tragedy, failure, success, challenges, kindness, inequality, complexity, barriers, and perseverance.

The purpose of this project is to develop an understanding of how people access mental health services in Toronto, to share those stories to help others find their way to help, to identify common challenges in those stories, and then, design and develop technology solutions to support people in overcoming those challenges.

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GET INVOLVED

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Share your story.

If you would like to share your story of dealing with mental illness in the city, click here for more details on how to contribute.

2. Share stories from others about their journeys.

By raising awareness about the challenges people encounter, we can hopefully begin to identify gaps in the system and work together to close those gaps or help others see those holes before they get stuck in them. You can read and share stories already on the site by visiting: www.cityofbrainsproject.com

2. Share your technical skills.

If you have skills you would like to contribute to the project, like coding, design, marketing, data analysis, sticky-note wrangling, policy development, etc, join our project team at one of the weekly Civic Tech TO hacknights, happening every Tuesday. Sign up on meetup.com.

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