Have the conversation with older people

For some older people, talking about personal matters might not come easily. They may have never really talked about how they feel; it wasn’t the thing to do when they were growing up. Others worry about what will happen as a result of sharing their experiences; they do not want to be seen as a burden and they don’t want to be treated differently. Some also worry that asking for help might be seen as a weakness. 

But the community and its understanding of mental health issues has come a long way.

Talking to an older person

If you’re concerned about an older person experiencing anxietydepression, suicidal thoughts, or just not coping, then it is important to take the first step. Begin a conversation; your support and concern may make all the difference. 

Opening up the conversation with an older person about the way they are feeling can be tough. There is some more information available on this site to guide you through as well as some helpful conversation starters.

To further support you, we have produced a fact sheet that can guide you through the conversation and give you tips and strategies.

Download the fact sheet

Having a conversation with an older person

If you haven't been feeling yourself lately, if you've been down or anxious, talking about it is the first step to feeling better. We have a fact sheet to support you if you want to open up to someone as well as more information about finding the words and what to say to your GP if you choose to open up to him or her.

Having a conversation about the way you feel helps those around you to better understand and support you. To further support you we have produced a fact sheet to give you some more information and guidance.

Download the fact sheet

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