Mental health issues in older Australians

With growing awareness around mental health issues, it’s more important than ever to understand who’s at risk, and what you can do about it.

Some of the common causes of mental health issues in older Australians include:

  • Physical illnesses
  • Frailty and loss of independence
  • Grief and loss
  • Financial stress
  • Changing living arrangements
  • Increasing social isolation.

What signs should you be looking out for?

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:

  • Feeling sad or crying for no apparent reason
  • Having trouble concentrating or remembering things
  • Feeling unusually stressed or worried
  • Not enjoying nor wanting to be involved in things that you normally enjoy
  • Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
  • Feeling irritable or having problems with friends and family for no reason
  • Feeling distracted or trouble concentrating
  • Having negative, distressing, bizarre or unusual thoughts.

What can you do about it

If you’re having a difficult time, it’s really important you let someone know how you’re feeling. Connecting with family and friends is a good starting point. You can also seek professional help through your GP, who can refer you for specialised care if needed.

If you need immediate support or advice, please call beyondblue on 1300 224 636
or LifeLine on 13 11 14.

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As always, it’s important to seek professional help if you’re experiencing difficulties. Your GP is a great place to start, who can then refer you for specialised care if needed. If you need immediate support or advice, please call beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or LifeLine on 13 11 14.

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