What We Do

Three older adults playing a puzzle game called Jenga at a table and drinking tea.

The CCSMH is committed to improving the quality of care and support for older adults throughout Canada by working tirelessly to bridge gaps in knowledge and practice, ensuring that mental health receives the attention it deserves within the realm of aging. The Coalition’s mission is rooted in evidence-based approaches, compassionate advocacy, and the unwavering belief that every older adult deserves the best possible mental health care.

Furthermore, the CCSMH recognizes the vital importance of advocacy and building general awareness about the mental health needs of older adults. We are committed to being advocates for older adults, working diligently to elevate the discourse surrounding mental health in this population. We strive to shed light on the unique challenges faced by older adults and advocate for improved mental health care policies and resources. By amplifying the voices of older adults and their care partners, the Coalition aims to foster a greater understanding of their mental health needs and promote a society that honours and supports their well-being.

Our Focus Areas

Our comprehensive focus areas include Anxiety, Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), Delirium, Depression, Mental Health in Long-Term Care, Social Isolation and Loneliness, Suicide Risk and Prevention of Suicide, Substance Use and Addiction, and Wellness in Aging.

By collaborating with experts in various fields, conducting rigorous research, and staying at the forefront of emerging knowledge, we strive to provide up-to-date and relevant guidelines and education opportunities that address the unique mental health needs of older adults. Through research and resources, the Coalition seeks to promote understanding and awareness, support effective interventions and influence public policies that enhance the overall well-being of older adults.