Understanding mental health and well-being in later life

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Resources on this page are intended for older adults and caregivers. If you are a service provider and are interested in delivering workshops, please view our resources for service providers and facilitators.

For many older adults the COVID-19 pandemic has made several common mental health concerns, such as grief and social isolation, more difficult to navigate. Our team at Understanding Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life wants to help you navigate these concerns and learn where you can access help.


If you’re experiencing mental health or substance use challenges, want to know where you can find help, or just want to learn more, take part in our workshop series.

This series of 12 evidence-based workshops for adults over 65 includes an overview, mental health promotion, anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, dementia, delirium, psychosis, opioids and benzodiazepines, cannabis and alcohol, gambling, and navigating the care system. 

This series has also been adapted to honor the traditional knowledge and community expertise of Métis peoples.


Alongside the 12 workshops, our team has developed corresponding handouts and multiple fact sheets for older adults. These products are available in twelve languages (English, French, simplified and traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Tamil, Urdu, and Vietnamese) thanks to a collaboration with community-based partners.


Aging and mental health: A primer on health equity, diversity and anti-racism

This free, self-directed online course is designed to increase your awareness of the social and structural factors influencing the mental health of older adults from immigrant, refugee, ethnocultural and racialized (IRER) groups. Access the course.

Supporting the mental health of older adults in care

This free, self-directed, online course is for service providers and staff working with older adults in long-term care and retirement homes. It provides an overview of mental health and mental illness in older adults in care, including factors specific to older, diverse populations. Access the course.


Have questions? Send us an email: olderadults@camh.ca

This project is led by the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) with funding from the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility (MSAA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

We are proud to work closely with community partners and our Advisory Group, composed of representatives of organizations serving older adults from diverse communities.