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Wellbeing and mental health
Many people may be feeling low or anxious amidst the current cost of living crisis, so it’s more important than ever to keep an eye on your mental health. For this year’s – Time to Talk Day – we’re letting you know about the mental health advice available from Independent Age.
Your mental health describes your emotional wellbeing – how you think, feel and react. As you get older both your physical and mental health can change. But mental health problems aren’t an inevitable part of getting older.
If you or someone you know are experiencing poor mental health, you’re not alone – there is help available if you need it. Visit our website (Mental Health | Independent Age) to find out more about this and where to get support.
These pages provide advice and information on depression, anxiety, loneliness and more. You’ll also find advice on everyday tips to boost your emotional wellbeing and how to support someone who may be experiencing poor mental health.
Dealing with depression
It is normal to experience highs and lows in everyday life. However, research suggests depression affects around 1 in 5 older people. If you think that you, or someone you know, may be experiencing depression, our guide – Dealing with depression| Independent Age – gives information on how to recognise the signs and where to find support.
Our advice pages – Depression |Independent Age – also suggest things you can try to improve your mental health or help somebody else. Just remember that depression isn’t something you have to go through alone.
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It’s not unusual to feel anxious, especially if you’ve been going through a difficult time. The feeling may pass – but if it doesn’t, it’s a good idea to seek help.
If you’re worried about someone’s mental health
If you’re concerned an older friend or relative is struggling with their mental health, there are some simple things you can try to help, like reassuring them that there is help out there and offering practical support.
Visit our advice pages – If you’re worried about someone’s mental health |Independent Age – for more information on what might indicate someone is struggling, how you can help them, where you can go for support and tips on how to approach sensitive conversations.
Wellbeing in later life
Overall wellbeing and mental health are very closely linked. Making sure that you live well in all aspects of your life is likely to bring improvements in your mental health. Staying connected to others, trying new things and staying active all contribute to wellbeing.
Our Living well advice pages – Living Well | Independent Age – provide useful tips on everyday ways to improve your wellbeing. Other sections focus on more specific topics such as relationships and working in later life.
Check out our Wellbeing advice pages