CMHA Ontario joins individuals and organizations across the province to celebrate Seniors Month in June.
Seniors’ Month is an important time to celebrate the valuable contributions older adults make in communities across Ontario and reflect on the way they are supported. CMHA Ontario is dedicated to supporting the well-being of all people throughout their lives, including an important focus on older people. One in four Canadian seniors currently live with a mental health issue. In addition, seniors are often undertreated for mental health problems, due to symptoms of mental health issues being mistaken for other conditions, discrimination and stigma, service availability, and physical and financial challenges.
CMHA Ontario is committed to supporting the mental health of adults over the age of 55. The Living Life to the Full for Caregivers 55+ project is an initiative in Toronto that delivers an 8-week mental health promotion program to caregivers, providing skills and knowledge for coping with stress. Participants are reporting that they feel improvements in mood, ability to cope, and that they have met others in similar positions, helping them feel that they are not alone. To find a course, please visit: www.ontario.cmha.ca/caregivers-toronto.