Does age play a part in mental health referrals?

New research has found that older people are less likely to discuss mental health issues and less likely to be referred for treatment than younger people.

The Metro has reported that according to research one in four over 65s has depression, but they are eight times less likely to be referred to mental health services than younger people.

The research, conducted by over 50s experts SunLife to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, found that just 6% of older people with depression are being referred to mental health services compared to 50% of younger people.

If you suspect an older family member or friend may be experiencing depression, you can contact Lamp for advice.

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Older people with depression aren’t being referred for mental health treatment



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