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Our mental health professionals have extensive knowledge and experience in caring for older adults with complex medical and psychosocial issues such as depression, anxiety and other mental health illnesses. The team in the Clinic offers skilled diagnosis and treatment on an outpatient basis to adults aged 65 and over.

Our interprofessional services include:

  • assessment and diagnosis
  • on a time-limited basis:
  • treatment including medication management (pharmacotherapy) and/or psychotherapy and follow-up care
  • relaxation and mindfulness training
  • education and support for clients, families and professional caregivers about mental health issues
All clients are seen by a psychiatrist and may be referred to an occupational therapist, a nursing professional or a social worker depending on their particular needs. The team is also comprised of medical secretaries and trainees from a variety of disciplines.
  “It has taken patience and perseverance, but being properly diagnosed and treated for late-life depression has made all the difference in my life.” -A former client, Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic

Information for clients

If you or a loved one 65 or older is experiencing a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, behaviour or personality changes, confusion or significant caregiver stress, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR NURSE PRACTITIONER to discuss a referral to our program.
 
Visits to the Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic include a series of assessments and questionnaires so that a proper diagnosis can be made and treatments can be recommended. This may take more than one visit to the clinic and you may be seen by one or more members of our team.

Making an appointment:

All clients must have a physician referral, so please speak to your physician.

Information for physicians

Referrals to the Ambulatory Mental Health Clinic must be completed by a physician. Please click here to download the referral form (right-click & "save link as").

Who can be referred to this clinic

  • Clients with a diagnosis of, or suspected diagnosis of depression, bipolar mood disorder, mood disorders associated with neurological conditions, mood disorders associated with bereavement, bereavement-related distress, or anxiety
  • Clients must be 65 years old or older

Excluded diagnoses (clients not eligible for this clinic):

Clients with the following diagnoses, or suspected diagnoses, will be excluded:
  • Clients with a primary diagnosis that is not mood related, such as schizophrenia, addictions, or moderate to severe dementia

Services provided:

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Case coordination
  • Multidisciplinary care
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Short-term psychotherapy
  • Education
  • Support groups

What clients should bring to their appointment:

  • OHIP card
  • All medications in their original bottles
  • Assistive devices (e.g., hearing aids, glasses, canes, walkers, etc)

Helpful resources:

The following is a list of helpful publications and websites.
  • For more information and support about Alzheimer’s and related diseases please check the Alzheimer’s Society website at: www.alzheimertoronto.org or www.alzheimer.ca
  • For caregiver information and support, please check the Family Caregiver Alliance website at: www.caregiver.org
  • For information and support about Frontotemporal Dementia (Pick’s Disease), please check: www.pdsg.org.uk
  • For more information about Lewy Body Dementia and other diseases, please check the emedicine website at: http://www.emedicine.com