How do I Start?
You may connect with a Seniors Mental Health clinician to discuss concerns by calling one of the numbers below from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Who can access Seniors Mental Health?
Seniors Mental Health provides assessment, consultation and treatment for mental health problems that are most commonly associated with aging. We can help clarify concerns about mental health issues and provide linkage with the most appropriate resource.
The most common concerns are often related to the onset of or changes in psychiatric conditions such as cognitive disorders (dementia), anxiety disorders or major depression.
We can assess and help with concerns related to:
- Memory loss
- Increased confusion
- Challenging behaviours
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicide
- Problems related to substance use/gambling
- Elder Abuse or vulnerability
- Care-giving concerns
- Questions of risk or safety
- Coping strategies
- Social isolation/withdrawal
- Impact of multiple losses
- Environmental modifications
- Ongoing treatment and follow-up
It is important to discuss concerns with your local health care provider.
What Do We Offer?
Our team of mental health professionals have specialized training and expertise working with older people experiencing mental health challenges. We work closely with other health care providers and the Centre for Geriatric Psychiatry to address these concerns.
Our interdisciplinary team of psychogeriatric clinicians include:
- Psychiatric Nursing
- Occupational Therapy
- Social Work
- Activity Instructors
- Other Allied Professionals
Our Clinical Services
Mental Health Resource Nurses
MHRNs provide mental health clinical support and assessment to patients, residents and staff within assigned rural facilities. This resource is available within several Personal Care Homes, Hospitals and Emergency Rooms.
Mental Health Assessment and Treatment – Community
Seniors Community Mental Health clinicians provide clinical provide specialized consultation, assessment and short-term treatment ; individualized treatment plans; education and support both in the home and office setting.
Community and Residential Supports
Community Mental Health Workers will provide Mental Health Case Management for older people at risk for relapse of their psychiatric illness. There is a focus on symptom monitoring and follow-up; daily living skill preservation and teaching; leisure and social support; and group interventions such as the Prime Time Day Program located in Brandon at Fairview Home. (open weekdays from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.)
Most costs are covered under provincial insurance through the Manitoba Health Services Commission.
What Happens Next?
When we receive a referral, someone will contact you or your family to gather additional information and to schedule an appointment. One or more members of our team will meet with you within or as close to your own home as possible. The use of Telehealth may be available to reduce the need for travel. We often provide our findings to the physician or other health care provider and in some instances we may continue to see you to ensure your mental health needs are addressed. In some situations, we may recommend that you first see your family doctor or another provider.
Your information is confidential
We are required by law to protect the confidentiality of the information you provide as part of your care. We only share this information with others who are directly involved in your care or where we are required to by law.
Please ask a member of the Seniors Mental Health team if you have any questions about your right to examine your information or if you have concerns about confidentiality and the sharing of your personal health information.
Brandon Mental Health Services
Unit B13 – 800 Rosser Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6N5
204-578-2400 | 1-855-222-6011 (toll free) | Fax: 204-578-2822
Dauphin Community Health Services
625 3rd Street South West, Dauphin, MB R7N 1R7
204-638-2118 | Fax: 204-629-3406
Swan Valley Community Health Services
1011 Main Street, Swan River, MB R0L 0Z0
204-734-6601 | Fax: 204-629-3477