Key Partnerships: National & Provincial Initiatives

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) collaborates with multiple organizations to ensure seniors’ mental health representation within specific projects and to partner with relevant provincial and national strategic projects. Bookmark this page and visit us frequently for updates on new partnerships and initiatives. If your organization is interested in developing a partnership with the CCSMH, please contact

Below is a list of key partnerships and projects that the CCSMH is involved in. Simply click on the links for full information.

Best Practice in Seniors’ Mental Health Program and Policy Design Project

Objective: (1) To develop the capacity of communities across Canada to promote and support seniors’ mental health through adoption of the Seniors Mental Health Policy Lens (SMHPL) as a best practice in seniors mental health program and policy design. (2) To positively affect knowledge, practice and policy.

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Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH)

The CCSMH continues to be a key member of the CAMIMH group CAMIMH”s mission is to facilitate and promote the establishment and implementation of a “Canadian action plan on mental illness and for mental health” that reflects a shared national vision for meeting the needs of persons with mental illnesses and enhancing the potential for the positive mental health of Canadians. Through its membership with CAMIMH, the CCSMH is actively involved in the following projects and activities, representing seniors’ mental health in Canada .
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Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP)

The CCSMH is a member of the CASP Board of Directors. CASP works towards reducing the suicide rate and minimizing the harmful consequences of suicide by advocating, supporting and educating.
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Emergency Preparedness for Seniors


Geriatric Education Recruitment Initiative (GERI)

The Geriatric Education and Recruitment Initiative involves a group of professional organizations collaborating to improve recruitment to health fields that have a focus on care of seniors. Member organizations represent family physicians, geriatricians, geriatric psychiatrists, nurses and advocacy groups.

Mental Health Commission of Canada

The goal of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is to help bring into being an integrated mental health system that places people living with mental illness at its centre. To this end, the Commission encourages cooperation and collaboration among governments, mental health service providers, employers, the scientific and research communities, as well as Canadians living with mental illness, their families and caregivers. Several representatives on the CCSMH Steering Committee are pleased to be members of the Seniors Advisory Committee and the CCSMH has participated in the Consensus Meeting on the Anti-Stigma / Anti-Discrimination Initiative.
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Reach Up Reach Out: Best Practices in Mental Health Promotion for Culturally Diverse Seniors (VON Canada Eastern Region)

The goal of the project is to develop guidelines for best practices in mental health promotion for culturally diverse seniors. The main project deliverables include an easy-to-use tool for community-based organizations and agencies to use in developing culturally inclusive mental health programs for older adults.
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Past Partnerships

Older Persons Mental Health and Addictions Network (OPMHAN)