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The mental health and wellbeing of older people is being promoted through events taking place to mark World Mental Health Day tomorrow (Oct 10).

World Mental Health Day is led annually by the World Health Organisation, and is aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues.

The theme for this year is ‘mental health and older adults’ and ²gether is supporting the day by promoting information to help older adults maintain and enhance their emotional wellbeing, as well as offering advice and sources of support.

Professor Jane Melton, ²gether’s Clinical Director for Social Inclusion, said: “There is a common misconception that growing older and mental health problems go hand in hand, but this need not be the case.

“While for some people loneliness, isolation and the loss of independence can cause depression and a decline in mental wellbeing, there are ways in which we can safeguard our mental health as we grow older.

“Similarly, while memory loss and illnesses such as dementia affect some of us in later life, there are steps we can take to deal with these conditions and continue to live fulfilled and active lives.

“For World Mental Health Day we are offering our professional advice and support to older people, and we’d also encourage friends, relatives and carers to help us by sharing our information with their loved ones and talking to them about how they feel, so that support can be offered where it’s needed.”

A new ²gether leaflet has been produced for World Mental Health Day, offering advice on the ‘Five Steps to Wellbeing’, which have been proven to improve emotional wellbeing.

It also contains information on memory loss and dementia, along with details for sources of support, including our Let’s Talk service and Managing Memory Together.

The leaflet and other supporting information will be promoted with stands at Morrisons supermarkets in Abbeydale, Gloucester, and Commercial Road, in Hereford, from 10am until 1pm tomorrow.

²gether staff will also be taking part in Gloucestershire County Council’s Older Person’s Roadshow at Newent Memorial Hall, in Bury Bar Lane, from 12pm to 4pm.

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