Older Adult Mental Health

To obtain more information about the MHAC, or to join the listserv, email Ellen Schneider, MBA.

In June of 2011, the CGEC, the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services, NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services, NC Healthy Aging Research Network, and UNC Institute on Aging brought together more than 30 stakeholders from across North Carolina to establish the NC Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging Coalition (MHSUAC). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 20% of individuals age 55 and older suffer from some form of mental health issue, with depression being the most prevalent problem. These mental health issues are often serious, under-recognized, and untreated. The MHSUAC will work collaboratively to address the mental health needs of its older citizens.

See the Powerpoint Presentations from the Regional Seminars Spring of 2013

  • Conditions, Figures and Projections Debbie A. Webster, MS, Mental Health Program Manager Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services
  • Evidenced Based Programs - What Works? Mary Lynn Piven, PhD, PMHCNS,BC UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • Building Capacity Rebecca H. Hunter, M.Ed. NC Healthy Aging Research Network Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Coalition Building Ellen C. Schneider, MBA Carolina Geriatric Education Center
  • Communications Mary Edwards Consumer Affairs Program Manager, NC Division of Aging and Adult Services

Participate in the NC Mental Health, Substance Use and Aging survey

A How To Manual-Mental Health and Aging Issues: The Case for Coalition Building

Mission and Committee Work Depression

The mission of MHSUAC is to focus attention on the mental health needs and substance use of older adults, build community capacity, and support advocacy and action.

Committee work will involve three areas:

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  • Advocacy - Build awareness of the mental health needs of older adults.
  • Training - Develop workforce capability to serve older adults. -Updated Training Action Plan
  • Dissemination – Promote broad adoption of evidence-based practice and programs.

2013 Available Adult Mental Health Training in North Carolina

Mental Health and Aging Fact Sheets:

...for Aging Service Providers

...for Mental Health Service Providers

...for Older Adults and their Families

...for Primary Care Providers