Mental health support for older people

Depression is common throughout the Australian population, and older people are more likely to experience contributing factors such as physical illness or personal loss.

It is thought that between 10 and 15 per cent of older people experience depression and about 10 per cent experience anxiety.1 Rates of depression among people living in residential aged-care are believed to be much higher, at around 35 per cent.2

Unfortunately, many people over 65 still seem to feel there is a stigma attached to depression and anxiety, viewing them as weaknesses or character flaws rather than a genuine health condition.

Older people are also more hesitant to share their experiences of anxiety and depression with others, often ignoring symptoms over long periods of time and only seeking professional help when things reach a crisis point.

The good news is help is available, effective treatments exist for older people and with the right treatment most older people recover.

See our website for more information on:
- Factors that can increase a person's risk of developing anxiety or depression
- Signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Connections matter
- Life starts at 60 - for many people life begins at 60, but for others it can get harder, when it shouldn't have to.
- Talk about it - how to start a conversation with an older person you're worried about
- Support and treatment - learn about support options available for anxiety and depression

Who this service is for

Older people



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Updated: 13/04/2022

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