Older Adults & ElderTALK

Older Adult Suicide Awareness & Prevention Working Group

The Council invites community members who are interested in working on projects that support the mental health and wellness of the older adult population.  


The Council created the ElderTALK project to provide a supportive environment for older adults to discuss the challenges and changes associated with ageing. 

With age comes wisdom. Ageing also comes with the impact of many life experiences, some joyful and some painful. Life stories are important to share for both the teller and the listener. Stories represent the journey of living. Sharing them can provide validation for what seniors have been through and a sense of hope in reflecting how their life matters.


As part of ElderTALK, the Council offers an honest and thought-provoking experience by presenting the theatrical production of 'AfterWhys,’ a poignant and hopeful look at seniors' mental health and suicide. 

The play was written, directed, produced, and performed by seniors for seniors. It reflects the losses and challenges seniors may face and their spirit of resilience, strength, and most of all, hope.


A publication called MindWise is also part of ElderTALK. It  gives seniors a place to find laughter, learning, inspiration and suicide prevention resources to remind them why their lives matter   Copies are distributed through social services agencies across Wellington-Dufferin. Paper copies are also available.

For more information about ElderTalk, 'AfterWhys,’ and MindWise, contact the Council at suicidecouncilwd@cmhaww.ca or call 519.239.8905.

Mindful for Older Adults - First Edition MindWise for Older Adults - Second Edition