Life starts at sixty

For many people, life really does begin at 60. You’ve got more time for the things you’ve always wanted to do – visit new places, take up hobbies, or see more of friends and family. 

However, some things can seem a bit harder. We start losing people close to us. Friends and family are often far away. Our bodies can slow down a bit, and we might have more health issues to worry about. These changes can increase the risk of anxietydepression and suicide in older people.

But you don't have to put up with doing it tough – support is available.

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Learn how to stay mentally healthy – start today

When it comes to anxiety and depression, it can be hard to spot changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Knowing what to look for and being able to recognise the signs and symptoms means you can take action sooner rather than later.

Anxiety and depression are not a weakness of character – they are a health issue just like any other. The good news is that effective treatments are available, and with the right support, you can recover.

Be social, be active, be well 

An active life and relationships with people we care about are important at any age, as they promote good mental health.

As we get older, maintaining connections with friends, family and the community can prevent feelings of loneliness and help us to stay mentally and physically healthy. beyondblue's Connections matter booklet has lots of suggestions for activities, groups and organisations to help you stay socially active, and to help you reach out to a friend who might be feeling isolated.

It’s never too late to try something new! 

Having the conversation

Some people find it hard to share what they’re going through with family and friends, for fear of being a burden. You might think mental health is a private subject or that you should ‘put on a brave face’, but the reality is that people can’t help if they don’t know what’s going on. We can help you find the words.

Visit your GP

If you're experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression, talking to your GP is a good first step. As well as providing a diagnosis and discussing treatment options, they can refer you to a mental health specialist, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. Make sure you book a longer appointment so you have time to discuss the situation without feeling rushed.

It's best to see your regular GP or someone in the same clinic, so that they have a full picture of your overall health and any other medical conditions.

Find out more about different health professionals and who can help