Older people encouraged to ditch “stiff upper lip” approach to mental ill health

13 January 2020 – NHS England

NHS England and Age UK have started a campaign together in order to encourage older people to access treatment for mental health conditions.

New data shows that more than six in 10 people in the UK aged 65 or over have experienced depression and anxiety and of these, more than half did not seek help as they thought ‘they should just get on with it’ with nearly a quarter reliying on support from friends or family.

The campaign aims to boost the number of older people getting the help they need by writing to GPs to urge them to look out for the symptoms of mental health problems in older people, along with making them aware of the NHS support services available.

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