Merit Ottawa
Mental health and cognitive issues

Mental health and cognitive issues

What is it?
Mental health and cognitive issues take many forms. There are disorders such as Autism Spectrum disorders and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum disorders that can affect children, youth and adults. Or issues can be caused by grief, witnessing a traumatic event, not following prescribed mental health treatment, or a head injury, trauma or just getting older.

Why is it a priority?
The MERIT team can help identify appropriate solutions to treat mental health and cognitive issues to assist people who could be a risk to themselves or to those around them.

We look at mental health and cognitive issues in conjunction with other risk factors such as:

  • access to housing
  • elder abuse
  • inability to meet basic needs
  • physical health
  • substance use
  • threat to public safety
  • unemployment

Always call police if there is a threat to safety.