What is mental health and wellbeing

What is mental health and wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing is about life satisfaction, optimism, self-esteem, feeling in control, having a purpose and a sense of belonging and support.

Older adults, those aged 60 or above, make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. Whilst it is normal for everyone to experience ups and downs in emotions, due to significant life events that happen around this time, some older adults may be more at risk of developing mental health problems. To avoid this, we want to make sure that you know where to get help early.

How do I get support with my mental health?

Mindline Somerset

Open Mental Health partner Mind in Somerset provide mental health support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mindline is a confidential listening service which provides a safe place to talk if you, or someone you know, is struggling with mental health difficulties.

As well as listening, Mindline Somerset can provide information about:

  • local services
  • how to get help
  • basic information on mental health issues.

You can call Mindline Somerset any time of the day locally on 01823 276892 or freephone 0800 138 1692 or email support@openmentalhealth.org.uk

More information about mental health of older adults: Mental health of older adults (World Health Organisation)

How can I improve my wellbeing?

Emotional wellbeing support for health and care workers and volunteers

How can I increase my knowledge and awareness of mental health and wellbeing?

How does the NHS support adult and older adult mental health?

Last reviewed: January 18, 2024 by Kailani

Next review due: July 18, 2024

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