Mental Health First Aid - Seniors
Canada has an aging population. As of July 1, 2015, there were more people aged 65 years and older in Canada than children under the age of 15 years.
If you are in distress, you can text WELLNESS to 741741 at any time. If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.
The likelihood of experiencing a mental health problem or illness in a given year increases as of age 69 and currently, men aged 80 and older have the highest suicide rates in Canada.
MHFA Seniors is an adaptation of the MHFA Basic course that 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 course content and resource materials are based on best available evidence and practice guidelines and were developed in consultation with Canadian experts in the field of geriatric psychiatry. The curriculum was developed for the Mental Health Commission of Canada at Trillium Health Partners, a healthcare organizations which priorities seniors’ health and wellness.
Mental Health First Aid for Seniors is an elective course within the Geriatric Certificate Program and is open to both the Regulated and Non-Regulated Education Streams. To learn more about the Geriatric Certificate Program, click HERE.
In the MHFA Seniors course, you will gain a solid understanding of the 5 basic actions of ALIFE:
Assess safety: risk of suicide, serious physical deterioration, and/or harm to others
Information and reassurance
Facilitate the senior getting appropriate professional help
Encourage support for the senior and caregiver
ALIFE is the framework for having a confident conversation about mental health with family, friends, colleagues, and strangers.
The aims of this course are to teach members of the public how to: