Older people not getting mental health support they need

15th February 2017

People aged over 65 in Scotland are less likely to receive support for their mental health issues, a project has found.

The Age in Mind project looked at how people aged over 50 are affected by mental health stigma and discrimination. It found that the support people received for their mental health can decrease once they reach 65.

Participants in the project say they have less access to psychiatrists and specialist nurses, and worry about losing places at mental health support services. Respondents said the chance of being referred for psychological therapies decreases. They also commented that for those who develop their condition after the age of 65, benefits relating to living with a disabling condition can also be denied.

To access the full project report contact Angela Dias, Change Networks Officer at Action in Mind on angela.dias@actioninmind.org.uk.

 

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