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Webinar: Promoting the Mental Health of Older Adults in Ontario, CAMH

November 24, 2015

10:00–11:30 a.m. EST

This collaborative webinar will examine the evidence behind mental health promotion programming for older adults/seniors. Presenters will highlight current population mental health data for Ontario older adults/seniors from the 2013 CAMH Monitor Survey. Additionally, an overview of the Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Older Adults 55+ (BPGs) will be provided. An example of an evidence-based mental health promoting  program for seniors, Living Life to the Full, will round off the presentations.

The CAMH Monitor is the longest ongoing adult substance use and mental health survey in Canada. The survey describes trends in smoking, drinking, drug use, mental health, physical health and other risk behaviours among Ontario adults.

The older adults BPGs is the second in a series of guides to promote positive mental health across the lifespan. It provides health and social service providers with evidence-based approaches in the application of mental health promotion concepts and principles for older adults/seniors. Its aim is to support practitioners, caregivers and others to develop programs which incorporate best practice approaches to mental health promotion initiatives directed toward older adults 55+. It was developed in partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (DLSPH) and Toronto Public Health (TPH).

Living Life to the Full, also known as "12 hours that can change your life" is an evidence based course based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). In eight, 90-minute sessions, participants gain skills and knowledge that help them cope with life's challenges. While the course is intended for all ages, CMHA Ontario recently led a provincial initiative to bring the course to an aging population, demonstrating important benefits for older adults.

About the presenters:

  • Suzanne Schwenger, Strategic Partnerships Lead, Health Nexus (Moderator)
  • Tamar Meyer, Supervisor, CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre/ Opioid Resource Hub, Provincial System Support
  • Program, CAMH
  • Linda Yoo, Knowledge Broker, CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre, Provincial System Support Program, CAMH Jenny Hardy, Project Coordinator, CMHA Ontario

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Note: Space is limited, so if you’re participating with others, please register as one person and view the webinar together.

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This webinar is presented by HC Link, CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre and CMHA Ontario.

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