New booklet to help people better manage their mental health in later life

Release Date: 01 October 2011

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Country: United Kingdom

To mark UK Older People's Day, the Mental Health Foundation is launching a new booklet which is part of their successful How to range, How to Look After Your Mental Health in Later Life. The aim of the booklet is to encourage people in their 60s approaching retirement, or who have recently retired from work, to look after their mental health.

Toby Williamson, Head of Development & Later Life at the Mental Health Foundation commented:

“Currently around one in four people aged over 65 suffer symptoms of mental illness, mostly depression. This affects their quality of life, is often untreated and some people think that it is simply part of getting older. This doesn’t need to be the case.

We have produced this booklet for people in their 60s who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work. Getting older and going through retirement presents a significant change in people’s lives and during this time it’s important to take care of ourselves mentally as well as physically. There is a lot we can do to protect our own mental wellbeing and this booklet suggests 10 practical ways to do this, as well as providing references for where to get further help and advice.

We hope to challenge the idea that mental health problems are part of ageing and this booklet will help to address people’s concerns about getting older and mental illness.”

Some of the top tips include: be prepared for changes, talk about problems and concerns, ask for help, think ahead and have a plan, care for others, be active and keep in touch.

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