Understanding mental health and well-being in later life

The Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later-Life workshop series is designed for older adults (65+) and offered in communities across Ontario. It shows seniors how to improve their mental health, spot the signs and symptoms of mental illness and addictions, and where to go for help in their communities.

Find a workshop near you | Deliver the workshops | Project team

The 12 evidence-based workshops are:

  • Series overview
  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Opioids and other medications
  • Cannabis and alcohol
  • Gambling
  • Positive mental health
  • Understanding your care options

 

Are you a caregiver or older adult interested in taking the workshop? Find a workshop near you.

Are you interested in delivering a workshop in your community? Find out more.

The workshop series was developed by the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), with the help of experts in the field of mental health and addiction, and funding from the Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. For more information, email olderadults [at] camh [dot] ca.

Find a workshop near you

Workshops for older adults will be offered in communities across Ontario. A list of organizations offering the workshops is coming soon.

Deliver the workshops

The project team is always looking for new partners who are interested in delivering the workshop series to older adults in their local communities.

Why?

As a large and active part of the community,1,2 Ontario can only thrive when its older adult population thrives. Yet it is estimated that between 17 to 30 per cent of older adults in the province have mental health problems.3 Research shows that there is a gap in mental health promotion and awareness programming for older adults,2,3 and this gap could lead to major burdens on the health care system if not addressed.4

To address this gap, the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) developed a mental health curriculum for older adults aged 65+. The series was developed in collaboration with subject matter experts and an advisory committee.

The Understanding Mental Health and Wellbeing in Later-Life workshop series aims to raise awareness about mental illness and addiction issues among older adults in Ontario and promotes help-seeking behaviours.

How does it work?

PSSP has developed standardized, evidence-based mental health, mental illness and addictions-focused programming that is ready for organizations to use in order to support the older adult population they serve. The curriculum is free, easy to use and requires minimal preparation for delivery.

The project team is interested in partnering with organizations that have a mandate to support mental health programming for older adults and/or facilitators to deliver the workshops.

What are the requirements?

In order to facilitate a workshop, facilitators must have:

  • facilitation experience, and
  • experience working in the mental health and addictions field.


Examples of experience working in the mental health field include, but are not limited to, working as a mental health or addictions counselor, mental health promoter, social worker, clinician or nurse.

What is included?

Facilitators and partnering organizations get access to evidence-based curriculum and support from Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, all at no cost. This includes:

  • Standardized workshop slides
  • Handouts for participants
  • Customizable posters and promotional materials
  • Facilitator guides
  • Training webinars
  • How-to guide for promoting, implementing and evaluating the workshops
  • Access to a community of practice to share best practices with other organizations/facilitators and to receive support
  • Support in building partnerships between host organizations and facilitators

Sign me up!

If you're interested in supporting, facilitating and/or hosting the workshop series in your community, please create an account for the Workshop PortalThrough this portal, you will gain access to each of the 12 workshops and all support materials. For detailed instructions on accessing the workshop materials, click here.

Project team

The project is managed by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility.

To contact the project team, please email olderadults [at] camh [dot] ca.

The workshop materials were developed in consultation with an advisory committee and subject matter experts.

Advisory Committee

  • Vickie Demers, Executive Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa
  • Dr. Angela Golas, Psychiatrist in Geriatric Mental Health, CAMH
  • Lynette Katsivo, Manager, Policy and Research, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
  • Melusine Klein, Senior Consultant – Policy Initiatives Unit, Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Maeve Paterson, Policy Analyst, Policy Initiatives Unit, Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Hélène Roussel, Program Coordinator, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario
  • Dr. David Ryan, Director of Education and Knowledge Processes, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto
  • Barney Savage, Former Director, Policy and Communications, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
  • Suzanne Teixeira, President,Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and Executive Director,York West Active Living Centre

Subject Matter Experts

  • Dr. Petal Abdool, Medical head of the Geriatrics Outpatient Service, CAMH
  • Dr. Jonathan Bertram, Staff Physician, Addictions Medicine Service, CAMH
  • Carolynne Cooper, Social Worker, Acute Care Program, Problem Gambling and Technology Use Service, CAMH
  • Vickie Demers, Executive Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services of Ottawa
  • Dr. Angela Golas, Psychiatrist in Geriatric Mental Health, CAMH
  • Gabriella Golea, Director of Professional Practice, Collaborative Academic Practice, Toronto Rehab - University Health Network
  • Dr. Nasreen Khatri, Registered Clinical Psychologist & Researcher, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
  • Hélène Roussel, Project Lead,ENRICHES/LLTTF, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario
  • Peter Chen, Education Specialist, Provincial System Support Program, CAMH

References

  1. Ministry of Finance. (2018). Ontario Population Projections Update, 2017–2041. Toronto: Queen’s Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.fin.gov.on.ca/en/economy/demographics/projections/projection...
  2. Mental Health Commission of Canada (2011): Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada. Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2017-09/mhcc_s...
  3. Canadian Mental Health Association. (2010). Mental Health and Addictions Issues for Older Adults: Opening the Doors to a Strategic Framework. Retrieved from https://ontario.cmha.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/cmha_ontario_issues_f...
  4. Mental Health Commission of Canada (2019) What we do – Seniors Overview: Retrieved from https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/what-we-do/seniors

 

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