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Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health (CCSMH)

The CCSMH is a major initiative of the CAGP. The CCSMH has received a number of grants from Health Canada, Population Health Fund, Canadian Institute for Health Research and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation to implement a number of initiatives related to research, education and partnership development. Funds have also been raised through private foundations and the corporate sector.

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Who can become an Affiliate of the CCSMH?
Affiliates are categorized as “organizational” or “individual.”
A qualifying Affiliate must work, or have an interest in, the field of seniors' mental health. An Affiliate may represent seniors, family members and caregivers, healthcare professionals, policy makers, research and educational organizations, and/or a private sector. Affiliates must be eager to contribute positively to the field of seniors' mental health.

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The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) was established in 2002 during a Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry Symposium identifying “Gaps in Mental Health Services for Seniors in Long-term Care”. The symposium participants, representing more than 65 organizations from across Canada, overwhelmingly supported the establishment of the CCSMH.

The Coalition is mandated to advocate for and promote seniors’ mental health and to connect people, ideas, and resources in the interest of research on seniors’ mental health.

The CCSMH has two co-chairs from the Canadian Academy of Geriatric Psychiatry and a Steering Committee of fourteen organizations representing healthcare providers, people with lived experience of mental illness, policy makers, family and caregivers.


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


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

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