Mental Health

National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses.

Providing care and support to someone with a mental illness can be a daunting task. The often unpredictable and lengthy course of mental illness is compounded by stigma and by historical barriers to family involvement in the mental health system. This can create a significant burden that can compromise the health of the caregivers themselves.

These Guidelines attempt to correct this. They offer a template for the many types of supports and services that caregivers need at different stages of their loved one’s illness, and at different stages of their own lives. They are primarily aimed at service providers and policy makers, who are often in the best position to change the reality of families for the better.


Depression in the Elderly – Informed and Interactive Case Based Tutorial. Nova Scotia Mental Health Services.

This extensive tutorial was designed based on the Canadian Coalition of Seniors Mental Health National Guidelines for Mental Health for the diagnosis and management of depression in the elderly. Through several intensive case studies, participants learn diagnostic and treatment procedures for different types of depression.


Responding to Older Adults with Substance Use, Mental Health and Gambling Challenges. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

Responding to Older Adults helps workers and volunteers recognize and understand substance use, mental health and gambling problems in older adults. This concise, easy-to-read booklet describes problems with alcohol, anxiety, dementia, depression, gambling and medications in older people, and identifies the signs of each problem. Tips on talking with older adults with these problems are included, as are pointers on when to seek help. The guide also includes: 1) facts about the aging process, 2) a discussion of diversity issues, 3) lists of organizations offering information about services for older adults, and 4) further resources on the web and in print. This booklet encourages readers to respond to older adults with mental health and addiction problems in ways that help to build trust, reduce harm and provide access to specialized care, when needed. Practical strategies are offered to help readers deal with challenging behaviours and situations sensitively and effectively.

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