The 4th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium, Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 10 AM – 5:15 PM ET

NCOA is proud to host the 4th annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium. This event is co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Registration is free and includes a full day of sessions on how to best meet the mental health needs of older adults. Explore the agenda and resources below to get started.

Registration is free:

Hosted by the National Council on Aging and expanded from previous years, the
event pays attention to mental health issues as a result of the current climate, such as
depression, isolation, and the important role of peer support. The symposium will address some
of the most important issues facing our society today and identify solutions for a path forward.
Planning partners include the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Resources
& Services Administration, National Institute on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services, and several key national organizations including the National Caucus and Center on
Black Aging and the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.

Join us for this one-day, free, live virtual symposium with access on-demand. The
symposium is intended for public health practitioners, professionals in the aging network,
mental health providers, and healthcare professionals.

The program agenda features a diverse array of topics focusing on ageism in mental
health, social isolation, barriers to care, community resources, best practices, funding
strategies, and more. Inter-related issues facing aging, diversity and access, and treatment
protocols related to substance abuse will be discussed. Perspectives on racial inequities and
from individuals with lived experience benefiting from mental health treatment will also be

Everyone has a role to play: Let us help you expand your resources and build the
connections you need to help people who are struggling. This event will strengthen community
collaboration and forge connections for health care professionals, mental health providers,
public health practitioners, government, community-based organizations, industry and more.