On September 6, 2017, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) commenced a new program named the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) seniors. The program, designed to aid families, friends, partners in care, and seniors with the recognition of mental health problems, will allow for early detection and intervention of mental health degradation. The idea behind the program is to provide mental health first aid, not unlike physical first aid, to those experiencing the development of mental health problems and related crises until they can receive sufficient support or find a resolution to the crisis. It will also provide key information to those involved that will spark effective conversations and give them the ability to reach out to the seniors confidently. The program was created in partnership with the Trillium Health Partners Foundation and was supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline. Dr. Ian Dawe, Medical Director of Mental Health at Trillium Health Partners and Program Chief stated, "The course fills an important gap in seniors' mental health care and has far reaching benefits for seniors across the country." The program is expected to begin this fall across Canada with two-day MHFA senior’s courses and five-day train the trainer sessions.
SOURCE: Newswire, September 6, 2017
DATE RETRIEVED: September 7, 2017