Working with older people

Older people are at greater risk of developing mental health conditions because of the cumulative effect of numerous risk factors, including chronic illness and isolation.

Professionals who work with older people in the health and community sector can play an important role in dealing with the detection, treatment and management of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns.

beyondblue provides health professionals and aged care staff working with older a range of resources, education and training based on high quality research and clinical advice.


Culturally adapted screening tools

Culturally adapted screening tools have been developed as par​t of a study funded by beyondblue and conducted by the National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) that investigated the usefulness of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) and the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI) in detecting late life depression and anxiety in community dwelling older Chinese migrants.

What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people– a review of the evidence on psychosocial interventions for older people

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This booklet covers a range of interventions that can be used to promote emotional wellbeing or to help people with anxiety or depression. It summarises the strength of evidence for each intervention and gives case studies to show how the interventions have been used with older people.

Download What works to promote emotional wellbeing in older people

Aged care organisations can request a printed copy by completing the registration form

Free educational resources for aged care providers to improve mental health for older LGBTI people 

As a result of a research project funded by beyondblue exploring factors contributing to depression and/or anxiety in older LGBTI people, and strategies used to cope with discrimination, free educational resources have been developed for aged care providers.

The education resource consists of a PowerPoint presentation, Life Stories discussion activity, facilitator notes and a project report.

The aim of these resources is to assist aged care providers to deliver a short education session to their staff to raise awareness of the issues affecting their residents/clients, specifically relating to gender identity, sexuality and intersex people. The session also includes the impact on clients/residents’ mental health and identifies how care staff can provide an inclusive service.


The PEAC program provides workshops on depression and anxiety in older people for aged care staff in residential and/or community settings.

Free training materials for RTOs to assist in delivering content on depression and anxiety in older people as part of Certificate III in Aged Care and Home and Community Care.

NewAccess coaching program

NewAccess is a free and confidential service that provides support in the form of a coach. The program includes six free sessions tailored to your individual needs. See if NewAccess coaching is available in your area.

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