Seniors & Mental Health

Seniors & Mental Health Island Health

Seniors Clinics

The aim of the Seniors Outpatient Clinics is to improve your quality of life by optimizing ability and independence. A team that includes geriatric and psychiatry specialists provide assessments and recommend treatment plans. A physician referral is required.

If you or someone you know is having difficulty with falls, self-care, continence, multiple medications, confusion or depression, please talk to your family doctor about your concerns.

View locations and referral information.

Seniors Outreach

Seniors outreach is available to support family physicians and community health care providers when a senior needs further assessment and treatment. In addition, Seniors Outreach Teams may be responsible for investigations of abuse and neglect.  Please contact a Community Health Office for more information.

Additional help and support

The BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association offers services for people experiencing depression or other mental health conditions. For information on local branches and programs, please visit the CMHA BC website.

Island Community Mental Health offers programs, health information and resources relating to mental health.

Resources

 
Caregivers Memory Sleep General
Advice to Caregivers Brain Booster Tips How to Sleep Well Alcohol
Emotions and Caregiving Making the Most of your Memory Normal Sleep Energy Conservation
Managing Activities of Daily Living     Mindfulness Exercises
Ten Tips For Communicating with a Person with Dementia     Orthostatic Hypotension
Tips when Communication is Difficult      
Vacation and Travel Tips      
Warning Signs of Stress and Depression      

 

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News & Events

Nanaimo’s Car 54 partnership drives care and connections for people in crisis

Nanaimo’s Car 54 partnership drives care and connections for people in crisis

Enhanced services are available for people in Nanaimo experiencing mental health and/or substance use crises, thanks to Car 54 – a full-time mental health mobile program that launched in October 2022.

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New Resilience and Safety Grants

In order to expand collaborative opportunities, Island Health is allocating up to $1 million for a new grant program aimed at helping improve mental health, mitigate the harms associated with illicit substance use and build youth resilience.

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Supporting men to stay safer during Movember and beyond

This Movember, Island Health supports men’s mental and physical health by continuing to raise awareness around the toxic drug crisis and its impact on males – especially those who use substances alone.

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