Mental Health First Aid - an innovative approach to supporting seniors’ mental health.
If I sprain my ankle, chances are you’ll know what to do.
If I have a panic attack, chances are you won’t.
Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person until medical treatment can be obtained, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is given until appropriate treatment is found or the crisis is resolved.
Do you have a senior in your life? Are you a service provider or an informal caregiver?
In this session, participants will hear about an initiative of the Mental Health Commission to adapt its Mental Health First Aid Basic course to specifically address the population of seniors. By the end of the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of how innovative approaches, such as this one, can contribute to supporting the mental health of seniors.
The course is intended to increase the capacity of seniors, families (informal caregivers), friends, staff in care settings and communities to promote mental health in seniors, prevent mental illness and suicide wherever possible in seniors and intervene early when problems first emerge. The new MHFA Seniors adaptation prioritizes the mental health concerns of seniors.
Why MHFA Seniors?
By 2030, nearly one in four people in Canada will be a senior.
The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69.
Currently, men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada.
Family members or friends who are caregivers have been shown to have high rates of distress.
The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.