Local MP Richard Thomson has highlighted a range of support services available to older people who may be experiencing mental health problems.
One in four older people live with a mental health issue, yet research conducted by charity Age UK has shown that older people are less likely to access help available to them. This is why it is vital to raise awareness among older people of the support that is available to them.
The research also showed a majority of older people don’t seek help for mental health problems as they feel low mood is just a natural part of ageing.
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:
“Feeling worried, low or out of sorts aren’t just part and parcel of getting older - they’re signs that you’re not feeling as well as you should be.
“Age UK has helpful resources with advice for constituents on what they can do if they’re not feeling like themselves, as well as common factors that can affect mental wellbeing, such as retirement, bereavement, money worries, being a carer, disability, health and relationships.
“I want my older constituents who may be struggling with their mental health to know that the highly-respected charity Age UK has information, advice, and support available which can help them.”
For details of the support available from Age UK, please go to: https://bit.ly/34vumpg
Printed leaflets are also available by calling Age UK’s free advice line on 0800 055 6112. Lines are open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year.