Mental health issues impose an enormous disease burden on societies across the world with depression alone affecting 350 million people globally. It is estimated that one in ten Canadian adults will experience major depression at some time in their lives. For older adults living in institutions, the rate of anxiety and depression increases significantly. The social stigma around mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community.
On June 8th, 2016 Michael Landsberg, host of TSN’s Off The Record and well-known mental health advocate, and Dr. Doug Oliver, a family physician with a passion for supporting the physical and mental health of older adults, engaged in an open discussion on depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges facing older adults.
A video archive of the event will be available shortly.