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New Resource--Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Older Adults 55+

As the aging population in Canada grows, addressing the mental health of older people is a demographic imperative. Best Practice Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion Programs: Older Adults 55+ is the second in a series of online guides for promoting positive mental health across the lifespan.

As a result of a multi-year partnership between the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and Toronto Public Health, this web-based resource has been developed to support health and social service providers in incorporating best practice approaches to mental health promotion interventions for people aged 55 years and older.

The resource includes:

  • Guidelines: 11 best practice guidelines for mental health promotion with older people
  • Background: Describes how older adults are defined in this resource.
  • Exemplary programs: Describes several programs that incorporate good practice and exemplify the guidelines.
  • Outcome and process indicators: Provides examples of indicators for measuring program success.
  • Theory: Provides definitions and underlying concepts, with a focus on promoting resilience.
  • Resources: Provides a worksheet and sample to help plan and implement mental health promotion initiatives, plus a list of web resources, and glossary.
  • References and Acknowledgements

The guide is available at:

Promoting positive mental health for immigrants and refugees will be the focus of the next two guides in the series; look for these e-guides in the coming months.

For further information, please contact: Marianne Kobus-Matthews, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - [email protected].