Older people’s mental health

Helping to support older people with mental health

Mental health problems are extremely common, affecting around one in four people. This raises to two in five for people living in care homes. As you get older, changes in your life, such as bereavement, illness or retirement, can make you more vulnerable to them, but mental health problems are not a normal part of ageing.

Where should I go for help?

If your negative feelings don’t go away or you’re having trouble coping with them, you could benefit from some help and support. You could:

  • Talk to your GP
  • Tell someone you trust
  • Call an emotional support helpline like Samaritans (116 123) or the Silver Line (0800 4 70 80 90)
  • Call a specialist mental health helpline like Rethink (0300 5000 927) or Mind (0300 123 3393)

NAViGO provide local assessment, treatment and support to older people with mental illness through a number of different services.

Support for safeguarding adults is provided by Focus.

More information

Focus – 01472 256 256

The Single Point of Access (SPA) is available 24/7 all year round, including bank holidays. The staff are based locally and have local knowledge.  Health (including Nurses and Therapists) Social Care and Mental Health professionals are available for advice and support.  The SPA also hosts the out of hours GP service.