HEARTSMAPHEARTSMAP is an electronic, clinical assessment tool developed to guide clinical care for pediatric patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with a mental health concern. It has been in use at the BC Children’s Hospital pediatric emergency department (PED) as the standard assessment tool for youth presenting with mental health concerns since January 2015.

In the years following, it has continuously evolved and is currently being applied in various locations, settings, and populations:

HEARTSMAP Provincial Implementation

HEARTSMAP has been implemented across BC with support from the Specialist Services Committee (a collaboration of the BC Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC), and is now utilized in many EDs across BC, including the Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health Authority, Interior Health Authority, and Northern Health Authority. It will soon be implemented in EDs in the Vancouver Island Health Authority.

For more information on HEARTSMAP in BC Emergency Departments, please visit http://heartsmap.ca


Open HEARTSMAP is a publicly accessible version of the HEARTSMAP tool. While HEARTSMAP was originally developed for an ED setting, Open HEARTSMAP is available for clinicians to use at their discretion in EDs outside of BC and in community settings, where appropriate.

For more information on Open HEARTSMAP, please visit https://openheartsmap.ca/


Adapted from HEARTSMAP, MyHEARTSMAP is a mental health self-assessment tool designed for use by youth and their families in the emergency department. Upon completion of the self-assessment, the tool generates recommendations for services that youth and families can access depending on their self-assessment scoring. 

MyHEARTSMAP is currently being evaluated in the PEDs at BC Children’s Hospital and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. The goal of this study is to assess the tool’s predictive validity, feasibility of use in the ED, and health resource seeking behaviour of participants with identified mental health concerns.


In the coming months, HEARTSMAP will also be adapted for use in a post-secondary setting (HEARTSMAP-U). The study team will work closely with content experts and will engage students to tailor the tool for use online or in a university health clinic. This project aims to develop a reliable and accurate mental health self-assessment tool that can identify university-aged youth who may benefit from early intervention for mental health concerns and improve access to appropriate mental health services.

Validating MyHEARTSMAP, an emergency psychosocial assessment and management tool, among youth with minor traumatic head injuries or minor orthopedic injuries, seen in the a Pediatric Emergency Department (PED)

This study aims to compare the outcomes of the MyHEARTSMAP youth mental health self-assessment tool to two validated self-reported questionnaires, Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ).

Implementing an emergency department protocol to improve the quality of care and patient experience for children and youth with mental health emergencies

This project aims to implement a standardized approach for assessment and management of acute mental health concerns presenting to the BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Department.

MyHEARTSMAP Pandemic Study

This study aims to use the MyHEARTSMAP tool to identify the frequency of mental health concerns in children and youth during the pandemic and describe the type and severity of these concerns, along with guiding families to relevant mental health resources. 

For more information on the MyHEARTSMAP Pandemic Study, please visit myheartsmap-pandemic.bcchr.ca/.