A pilot study exploring emotional and mental healthcare supports for seniors in rural Saskatchewan

Last Updated: October 5, 2015

Nuelle Novik, PhD (Principal Investigator)

This one-year pilot project will seek to identify the mental healthcare needs of community-dwelling seniors living in rural Saskatchewan, and examine the factors that contribute to, or hinder, their emotional well-being. Focusing upon Sunrise Health Region in Saskatchewan, the study will target two distinct geographic areas within the Region (Preeceville/Norquay and Ituna/Melville), both similar from a socio-economic perspective. The study methodology will involve eco-mapping, which provides a visual depiction of supports identified by participants. As part of the study we will gather feedback from the seniors interviewed about the effectiveness of eco-mapping as a research tool.

Goals / Outcomes: Data gathered from this pilot project will be used to develop a CIHR operating grant application for funding to conduct a larger provincial study.

Funder: Canadian Mental Health Association