With growing awareness centred around mental health, it’s more important than ever to understand the needs of those who are at risk of mental health issues, and what we can do about it. Some of the common causes of mental health issues in older Australians include:
Though signs of mental health problems can vary from person to person, these are some of the more common early signs you can look out for in your loved ones or neighbour:
Be it an older family member, friend or neighbour, having a conversation is a good place to start to see how they are doing. Showing concern and offering support in itself can make a huge difference.
As always, it’s important to seek professional help if you believe someone you know is experiencing difficulties. Encouraging them to see a GP can lead to more specialised support and personalised care.
Let’s not forget, it’s important to look after yourself too, so understanding depression and anxiety may be a good starting point to help you understand what you may be going through.