An increasing concern over the mental illness of Canadian seniors has led to a new program aimed at offering greater access to information and treatment. Leaders within the Canadian government recently launched the Seniors’ Mental Health Initiative, a comprehensive program designed to offer additional resources for seniors dealing with mental health problems like depression.
Increased Access to Mental Health Information
A substantial component of the mental health initiative is education through increased access to reliable information. Current information on how to identify signs of a possible mental health problem and where to get treatment will be available to seniors, caregivers in Toronto and throughout Canada, and family members. Front-line health professionals like doctors who are in a better position to offer treatment suggestions will also have access to such information.
Responding to Previous Recommendations
The initiative is based on previous recommendations from Canada’s Mental Health Commission concerning mental health care among the elderly. The recommendations focus on the ability of seniors and their family members to get access to the level of care necessary to promote optimal mental health in the later years of life.
Equipping Pharmacists to Help Seniors and Their Families
Education modules on suicide prevention and depression have also been developed as part of the initiative. These modules will be distributed to pharmacists throughout the country. The goal of this part of the initiative is to provide updated information, support, and guidance to seniors and family members looking for appropriate resources within their communities.
Two brochures have already been designed as part of the initiative. These brochures highlight signs, symptoms, and related factors that indicate seniors are dealing with mental health issues that need to be identified, diagnosed, and treated. All new and updated information available to seniors, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals through the initiative will also be accessible online.
Learn more about promoting senior health and wellness from Toronto Home Care Assistance. We’re changing the way the senior population ages through comprehensive in-home care and two proprietary care methods that focus on mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. For more information, please give us a call at (416) 488-8777 and speak with a friendly Care Manager.