Stiff upper lip means war babies will not seek  help for depression 


Stiff upper lip means war babies will not seek  help for depression 

 

 

 

Older generations are being encouraged to ditch their “stiff upper lip” after research found six in ten pensioners have experienced depression or anxiety.

The NHS is launching a national campaign urging the elderly to seek help for mental health problems, after research found widespread reluctance to do so.

Experts said the generation born during World War II and its aftermath had “deeply engrained” attitudes towards mental ill-health, and felt such problems did not deserve attention.

Polling of more than 1,200 pensioners for NHS England found that 63 per cent had suffered from depression and anxiety during later life. 

But two thirds of those facing mental health struggles did not seek help, thinking they “should just get on with it”.

The new campaign by NHS England and charity Age UK, urges pensioners suffering depression and anxiety to go to their GP, in order to get help such as counselling. 

And family doctors are being asked to do more to look out for symptoms, and not assume depression is a normal part of ageing. 

Prof Alistair Burns, England’s elderly care tsar, said:  “Older people sometimes feel they have to have a ‘stiff upper lip’ towards health, but we all have our own battles to fight and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, so anyone out there who is feeling down and needs help, can and should get it from the NHS.    

“We should remember that loneliness and isolation can be linked to physical health problems, so getting support through a talking therapist is good for mind and body.

“Depression shouldn’t be seen as a normal part of ageing and we need to challenge the assumption that older people should just put up with it, as evidence shows it can be treated.”

Next week Prof Burns will write to every GP in the country asking them to look out for signs of mental health problems among elderly pensioners.

A survey by Age UK found just one in seven pensioners said they would put their mental health before their physical health.

Depression is the most common mental health problem among older adults, affecting 22 per cent of men and 28 per cent of women aged 65 and over.  Rates of depression among adults of all ages are 19 per cent.

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK director said:“In recent years there’s been nothing short of a cultural revolution in our willingness to be open about mental ill health, which is an essential pre-condition to people getting help, but it’s one that may well have left many older people behind. 

“They grew up in an era when there was a real stigma associated with mental illness, so for many, these attitudes are deeply engrained and still driving their behaviour today.”

She said many elderly patients assumed that the only option available was to taking pills, which many older people feel they do quite enough of already.

Ms Abrahams said: “It is understandable if a lot of older people, having experienced so many ups and downs through life, take the view that feeling depressed or anxious are not illnesses that are just as deserving of a proper medical response as a physical problem like a chest infection. Without targeted action to support older people as a distinct group they are at risk of being left further behind when it comes to mental health.”

Health officials said NHS talking therapies have high recovery rates with half of those who participate seeing improvements in their mental health.

At least three quarters of those referred for counselling begin sessions within six weeks.

Referrals can be made by GPs, but patients are also able to self-refer to services.

 

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