September 20, 2017
2:45 pm to 3:45 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
Count me In! Promoting Seniors Mental Health and Social Participation
About the Session:
Introducing Count Me In! a program promoting seniors mental health and social participation by encouraging active participation in resources that offer opportunities for social interaction. The program objective is to help seniors with mental illness and aging-related challenges overcome barriers to socialization. This presentation outlines the factors that influenced program development, a literature review summary, the theoretical framework and the creation process of the program tools, as well as a hands-on workshop activity.
Norma Gilbert is the Coordinator of the Health Promotion and Prevention in Aging team, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal. She is also a member of the Centre for Expertise in Social Gerontology research team. Working in close collaboration with seniors community groups, she develops programs and offers training to health professionals.
Men Searching for Meaning…in Retirement: An Upstream Group Intervention to Enhance Psychological Resiliency and Reduce the Onset of Suicide Risk
About the Session:
National mortality statistics reveal a dramatic increase in men’s suicide rates post-retirement, a key life transition, that may be associated with elevated risk of suicide. Come hear about our Movember-funded study facilitating Meaning-Centered Men’s Groups (MCMG), 12-week, community-based, existentially-oriented groups designed to build camaraderie and support, enhance psychological resiliency, and prevent the onset of depression and suicide ideation among men over the age of 55 who are struggling with the transition to retirement.
Marnin Heisel, Ph.D. C.Psych., is a clinical psychologist, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at The University of Western Ontario, a Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, Director of Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Western, and an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is a leading Canadian authority on the study and prevention of suicide among older adults and other at-risk populations.
Mara Grunau is the executive director of the Centre for Suicide Prevention (CSP).