Mental Health

 Caregiver Support and Mental Health. Canadian Mental Health Association.

A concise two page overview from 2002 of the scope of the issue, federal action addressing caregiver support and mental health, as well as various community and non-government organization responses.

Supporting Seniors Mental Health: A Guide for Home Care Staff. Canadian Mental Health Association.

This guide is the result of a national study conducted by the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2001 that assessed the mental health needs of seniors and the role home care does, and can, play in meeting those needs.  This guide, which is based on the study’s findings, provides practical tools and check lists to assist front-line staff to support the mental health needs of seniors. It begins by discussing mental health and proposing principles and a framework for addressing seniors’ mental health issues. The guide then looks at how home care staff can support seniors’ mental health by providing information and coordinating services to help seniors navigate provincial home care programs.

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 situationssensitively and effectively.

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