Older Adults

Caring for your mental and emotional health continues to be important in older adulthood. In fact, approximately 15% of adults 60 years old and older experience mental health issues. (source)

These issues can be difficult to talk about due to the stigma around mental health. However, it is important to address, since mental health concerns can affect your quality of life and your physical health.

How can you help yourself or a friend who is experiencing mental health issues? Consider learning more by getting involved in the mental health movement. Familiarize yourself with mental health signs and symptoms, and take a look at the resources below to learn ways to help.

Know the Signs

The Know the Signs campaign prepares Californians to prevent suicide by knowing and recognizing the warning signs, finding the words to offer support and reaching out to local resources. suicideispreventable.com

This program is also available in Spanish. See the Reconozca las Señales campaign at www.elsuicidioesprevenible.org.

A variety of Asian languages can be found at http://resource-center.yourvoicecounts.org/resource-center-search?tid=2

Friendship Line

The Friendship Line is the nation's only 24-hour toll-free hotline for older adults and adults with disabilities. Trained staff and volunteers make and receive calls to/from individuals who are either in crisis or just in need of a friend.

Central Valley Suicide Prevention Hotline

The Central Valley Suicide Prevention Hotline (CVSPH) is a nationally-accredited best practices call center available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Hotline provides help for people who are in crisis, that are experiencing thoughts of suicide, or that are in need of resources. CVSPH partners with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to provide 150 different language translators for callers. CVSPH accreditation is through the American Association of Suicidology (AAS).

Substance Abuse Resource List

Substance use is a common coping mechanism, but not always a healthy one. Check out this list of resources that address substance use in older adults to learn more.

More Resources

Looking for more?

You can find even more resources at the Each Mind Matters Resource Center.

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