World Mental Health Day October 10th 2017

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day annually and this year it is on October 10th. At MAEcare we acknowledge that older people can be particularly vulnerable to mental health issues – depression affects 22% of men and 28% of women over 65. Additionally, 85% of older people with depression receive no help from the NHS. Loneliness, isolation and poor physical health in older people can all contribute to low mood and a reduction in wellbeing. Feeling low or stressed from time to time is normal but when it is persistent and affects how we live our day to day life it can be more serious – it can also affect anyone and is nothing to be ashamed of.

One of the best ways to maintain and improve mental health is to stay active and engaged with family, friends and community around them. Having meaningful activity in your life can support wellbeing.

In Leeds there are a range of support services available. First port of call could be a GP who would be able to ask a few questions about symptoms an individual may be experiencing. GP’s can refer to IAPT (Improving Access To Psychological Therapies) www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/iapt/home or people can refer themselves by calling 0113 843 4388. IAPT provide a range of talking therapies. When things feel desperate Leeds Crisis Assessment Service can be contacted on 0300 3001485. Additionally, the Samaritans can be contacted free on 116 123 or www.samaritans.org Online resources can be found at Mindwell www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk a new website for mental health in Leeds.

If you would like to talk in confidence about any mental health needs you have, please contact Julie at MAEcare.