CMHA Muskoka Parry Sound joins individuals and organizations across Ontario to celebrate Seniors Month in June.
Seniors Month is a time to salute and appreciate the enormous contributions seniors and older adults have made, and continue to make, towards building Ontario. The theme of Seniors Month this year is to Stay Safe, Active and Connected.
CMHA MPS offers a seniors mental health program in partnership with North Bay Regional Health Centre. This program provides community-based mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment recommendations for people with age-related mental health issues in the District of Parry Sound. This program works in collaboration with clients, families/care givers, family doctors and community partners. It also provides education and consultation to community partners and other professionals. This program is supported by an interdisciplinary team that includes members from psychiatry, nursing and social work based at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the mental health of older adults due to social isolation and increased barriers to finding mental health services and supports. For information on how to navigate these challenges, the Ontario government offers several resources to support seniors on their website. This includes information on:
- Mental health counselling and treatment for older adults
- Active living, health and wellness supports
- A Friendly Voice, a free, confidential phone line for Ontarians 55+ who just want to chat with a friendly person. Call toll-free 1-855-892-9992 between 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For more resources and to find Seniors Month events in your community, visit the event website.