Studies show that seniors are at greater risk of some mental disorders and their complications than younger people. Many of these illnesses can be accurately diagnosed and treated. However, many seniors are reluctant to seek psychiatric treatment that could alleviate or cure their symptoms and return them to their previous lifestyle.
If you are looking for help with a mental health problem or illness contact your family physician or your local emergency department. If you would like to know more about the provincial mental health services delivery system, visit your district health authority website. To see where services can be accessed in your community refer to the list of Mental Health Clinics in Nova Scotia.
The Provincial Seniors' Mental Health Network (SMHN) has been established to support and advance seniors' mental health by promoting knowledge exchange and mutual learning among its members. The membership on the Network consists of government, district, community groups and individuals sharing an interest in seniors' mental health.
The objectives of this network are the following:
Mental Health Crisis Line
Telephone crisis support and mobile response is offered for work, home, school, and community.