It takes a community: Report on the Summit on Opportunities for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in Senior Living Communities


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Goldstein, IS
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Report of the “It Takes a Community” summit, convened in October 2008 to advance discussion and action to improve the mental health, and reduce the risk of suicide, among residents of senior living communities. The 111-page document lays out a framework of whole population, at-risk population and crisis response approaches. Discussion groups helped to identify opportunities for activities to promote these approaches; tables describe the ideas, challenges, facilitators and notes for each activity. The summit included findings from focus groups of older adult residents of senior living communities.