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Older people encouraged to ditch ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to mental ill health

 

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Older people encouraged to ditch ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to mental ill health

NHS England and Age UK have joined forces in a campaign to encourage older people to access treatment for mental health conditions, as new analysis shows a majority of older people do not seek help.

New data reveals that more than six in 10 people in the UK aged 65 or over have experienced depression and anxiety. Of these, more than half did not seek help as they thought “they should just get on with it” and nearly a quarter relied on support from friends or family.