Mental health in later life
We work to promote good mental health and wellbeing among older people. Our work aims to prevent problems from developing in later life, and focuses on issues which often affect older people, such as depression and dementia.
Poor mental health is not an inevitable part of ageing – people can and do live well in later life.
Standing Together Cymru
Standing Together Cymru is a project which aims to improve mental health, wellbeing and build community connections.
Jean on how the Mental Health Foundation's Standing Together Cymru project helped her open up and build closer connections.
Gillian's story: overcoming loneliness
Gillian was one of the 1 million older people for whom loneliness is a reality. But she's turned her life around with the help of the Mental Health Foundation.
Jenny's story: It's a question of when, not if, a mental health problem will affect you
How events on New Year's Eve 2009 changed Jenny and her family's lives forever.
An evaluation of the Standing Together project19 March 2018
There is evidence to suggest that peer-support groups can help to increase social connectedness among older people, thus improving their quality of life.
Given that 3.6 million older people live alone in the UK (Age UK. 2018), and the associated health risks of these...
Loneliness: the public health challenge of our time12 December 2017
A policy briefing by the Mental Health Foundation and Age Scotland outlining the scale of the problem and 12 key policy recommendations to challenge it.