The Sandbox Youth Mental Health Initiative (SYMHI)
The Sandbox Youth Mental Health Initiative (SYMHI) is an integrated electronic youth mental health care solution in primary care for youth with the most common high volume/low intensity mental illnesses. Our mobile and web-based solution links youth receiving mental health care and their primary care provider in a seamless, comprehensive system of evidence based care.
SYMHI recently wrapped up its second phase, a 12-month project that leveraged the learnings from SYMHI Phase I to configure, deploy, and evaluate a youth friendly solution. This solution includes a web-based platform and mobile application to support patient self-care and illness management, as well as a web-based provider portal for clinical care plan support and collaboration with youth on the progress of their care plan.
The project was guided by two strategic directions:
- Enhancing mental health care capacity through innovative technologies and increasing capacity of individuals to self-care and manage their mental illness
- Enabling primary care providers to deliver good mental health care for patients with mild to moderate symptoms
As part of this initiative, approximately 30 primary care providers were recruited from Pathways, Hotel Dieu Hospital, and the Kingston Family Health Team in Kingston, Ontario. The enrolled providers gave care to consented patients on their caseloads using the SYMHI Phase II solution. Selected patients were 16-25 years of age with moderate cases of ADHD, Anxiety and Depression.
A six-month academic evaluation, led by the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Dr. Stan Kutcher was conducted using both qualitative (e.g. user satisfaction) and quantitative measures (e.g. Diagnosis outcomes based on survey scores).
Following encouraging results from Phase II, plans for SYMHI Phase III are underway. For more information, please contact us.
Dr. Stanley Kutcher
Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health
Director, Products & Services, TELUS Health