Mission, Values, Goals and Objectives


The mission of the CCSMH is to promote the mental health of seniors by connecting people, ideas and resources.

Value Statement:

Mental illness is not a normal part of aging. All seniors have the right and deserve to receive services and care that promotes their mental health and responds to their mental illness needs.

CCSMH initiatives are based on this belief and also recognize that seniors…

  • Range in age (65 – 100+)
  • Live in a variety of community and institutional settings
  • Reside in all Canadian provinces, territories and within both urban and rural settings
  • Are diverse in terms of their culture, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, ability and sexual orientation
  • May experience lifelong mental illness or acquired mental illness after age 65
  • Require care to both prevent and respond to their mental health and wellness needs
  • May respond to both medical and/or psychosocial models for prevention and care
  • Mental health issues may include a wide array of illness including mood, anxiety, addictions and psychotic disorders, in addition to the emotional, behavioural and cognitive complications of a variety of brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease

CCSMH Working Principles:

Our actions and decisions are guided by:

  •  Collaboration
  • Multidisciplinary Inclusiveness
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Effectiveness
  • Transparency

Strategic Priority Areas:

The following are current priorities areas for the CCSMH:

  • Advocacy and Public Awareness
  • Education
  • Research
  • Promoting Best/Promising Practices in Assessment, Management and Treatment
  • Caregiving
  • Human Resources/Capacity Building

Strategic Goals and Objectives:

Through the leadership of the CCSMH Steering Committee and collaborative partners across Canada , the following goals and objectives will be achieved:

Strategic Goals Strategic Objectives 
1. To ensure that Seniors’ Mental Health is recognized as a key Canadian health and wellness issue 1.1 To represent and advocate for seniors’ mental health issues at a National level

1.2 To facilitate initiatives that create a strong seniors’ mental health research agenda

1.3 To develop, facilitate and disseminate public and professional awareness of seniors’ mental health issues

2. To facilitate initiatives related to enhancing and promoting seniors’ mental health resources


2.1 To provide opportunities for exchange and transfer of knowledge

2.2 To co-ordinate working groups for the creation of usable educational tools and resources



3. To ensure growth and sustainability of the CCSMH



3.1 To increase membership and collaborative partnerships at national, provincial, territorial and local levels

3.2 To achieve operational and project funding

3.3 To work with and support seniors’ mental health leaders and champions across the country