As we get older, changes in our lives, such as bereavement, illness or retirement, can make us more vulnerable to depression or anxiety. 

If you do experience depression, you’re not alone. Depression affects around one in five older people, and two in five people living in care homes. Treatments – such as medication or talking therapies - can be very effective, even if you’ve been feeling low for a long time, and there are lots of different options available.

Our advice guide covers:

  • What is mental health?
  • What is depression and how does it feel?
  • What can affect our mental health?
  • Where to go for help
  • Staying well
  • How to help someone you’re worried about

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Our website also has information and advice about mental health and depression in older people.

The advice in this guide applies to England only. A lot of it will still be relevant to you but we have a few suggestions if you are looking for advice that is specific to other parts of the UK.


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