Mental Health - Elderly

If you are new to mental health difficulties or if this is something that you have had in your life for some time, it can feel overwhelming. It may be that you feel a mixture of feelings about your mental health, or you may feel nothing at all, as it all feels a bit much. Both ways that is okay and natural, your mind is trying to work it all out. 

In many ways mental health is just like physical health- everybody has it and needs to take care of it. Good mental health means generally to be able to think, feel and react in the ways that you need and want to live your life. However if you are going through a period of poor mental health you might find that the ways you are frequently thinking, feeling or reacting become different, difficult, or even impossible to cope with. This can feel just as bad as a physical illness

A useful website for helping you understand Mental illness is below:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support

Some people are given a diagnosis and for others it can take some time. If you would like to look up more information about diagnosis here are two good websites:

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems
https://www.rethink.org/diagnosis-treatment/conditions

Support for the Elderly experiencing loneliness

The Silver Line- Provides support, information, friendship and advice for older people (over 55) who may feel lonely or isolated.

0800 4 70 80 90

www.thesilverline.org.uk

 

Reengage- Social activities for people over 75 who have little or no social support.

www.reengage.org.uk

 

Befriending Networks- Information on befriending, including an online directory of UK befriending services.

www.befriending.co.uk

 

Age UK (England)- Information and support for older people.

0800 678 1602

www.ageuk.org.uk