Resources on this page are intended for service providers and prospective workshop facilitators. If you are an older adult or caregiver, or are looking for resources to distribute, please view our resources for older adults and caregivers.
Our community of interest is open to caregivers, health service providers, and community staff supporting older adults, as well as older adults interested in project updates and resources.
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About the project
How can we support the mental health and well-being of older adults in Ontario?
The Understanding Mental Health and Well-Being in Later Life project aims to:
- Raise awareness of mental health and substance use issues among older adults and promote help-seeking behaviour.
- Respond to the unique needs and strengths of older adults from immigrant refugee, ethnocultural and racialized (IRER) groups and Indigenous older adults.
- Address the needs of older adults living in long-term care facilities and retirement homes.
To meet these goals, we have developed a set of evidence-based workshops, training modules, and resources for service providers, caregivers, and adults over the age of 65. We work closely with community partners and our Advisory Group, composed of representatives of organizations serving older adults from diverse communities.
Workshops | Resources | Training modules | Project team
Our evidence-based workshops and associated materials are used across the province in different community contexts with older adults. The twelve workshop topics include 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.
Become a facilitator
We are always looking for new partners who are interested in delivering the workshop series to older adults in their local communities.
In order to facilitate a workshop, facilitators must have:
- facilitation experience, and
- experience working in the mental health and addictions field.
Facilitators and partnering organizations also get access to evidence-based curriculum and support from Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, all at no cost.
If you have questions about the workshop series or are interested in becoming a facilitator, send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alongside the 12 workshops, our team has developed corresponding handouts and multiple fact sheets for older adults. These products are available in multiple 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.
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). Meet the project team (PDF).
Related resources, news, and events
Research Snapshot: Social isolation and psychological distress among older adults related to COVID-19Resource | Jul 18, 2022
Research Snapshot: Discrimination reported by older adults living with mental health conditionsResource | Jul 11, 2022
Course updates for service providers working with older adultsNews | Jun 7, 2022
Become a workshop facilitator for older adultsNews | May 6, 2022
Webinar recording: How to support the mental health and well-being of older adults and service and care providersResource | Mar 22, 2022
Supporting older adults with substance use challengesResource | Mar 17, 2022
Mental health and well-being in later life: A multilingual resource seriesResource | Mar 7, 2022
Webinar: How to support the mental health and well-being of older adults and service and care providersEvent | Mar 2, 2022
Webinar: Social prescribing as a pathway to well-beingEvent | Feb 23, 2022
Research Snapshot: Ethnic differences in mental health status and service utilizationResource | Feb 7, 2022
Webinar recording: Older adults and service delivery from an ARAO frameworkResource | Jan 26, 2022
Webinar: Older adults and service delivery from an ARAO frameworkEvent | Jan 12, 2022
Webinar recording: Key elements to assisting people living with dementia in ethnocultural communitiesResource | Dec 3, 2021
Webinar recording: Best practices for language access in older adult populationsResource | Nov 26, 2021
Research Snapshot: Organizational conditions that influence work engagement and burnoutResource | Nov 22, 2021
Webinar: Key elements to assisting people living with dementia in ethnocultural communitiesEvent | Nov 12, 2021
Webinar: Best practices for language access in older adult populationsEvent | Nov 1, 2021
Research Snapshot: Mental health care of older adultsResource | Oct 3, 2021
CAMH publication about older adults with mental health and addiction problemsNews | Jul 26, 2021
Multilingual resources to support mental health and well-being in later lifeNews | Jun 22, 2021
Online course: Supporting the mental health of older adults in careResource | Jun 11, 2021
Webinar: Launch of multilingual mental health resources for older adultsEvent | May 25, 2021
Online course: A primer on health equity, diversity and anti-racismResource | May 18, 2021
Grieving during COVID-19: What health service providers of older adults need to knowResource | May 11, 2021
Promising practice: Addressing older adult loneliness through the Rx Community social prescribing pilotResource | Sept 18, 2020
Strategies for social connection among isolated older adultsResource | Aug 14, 2020
Evidence brief: Virtual and remote mental health care for older adultsResource | Jul 30, 2020
Preventing and recognizing burnout and compassion fatigue when working with older adultsResource | Jul 10, 2020