What Is The Issue?
Mental health problems or mental illness should not be considered an inevitable consequence of aging, and age should not limit access to quality mental health services. Yet this is often the case in Canada. Community-based services and primary care providers must better help seniors successfully manage and treat the different mental health problems they may face.
What Are We Doing?
The MHCC’s Mental Health Strategy for Canada identifies seniors’ mental health as an action priority and makes several recommendations for improvement. The MHCC is doing its part by leading a number of projects to help ensure older Canadians get the support they need to achieve and maintain their best possible mental health, and not experience the problem of stigma.
What We've Learned
Establishing effective services and supports to address the mental health needs of seniors is possible — a substantial amount of evidence has shown what works and what can be done. By continuing to promote seniors’ mental health and by collaborating with other leaders in this area, the MHCC is helping to ensure that all Canadians will have greater access to the help they need as they grow older.