Mental Health & Aging

The most common mental health concerns of older adults are anxiety, severe cognitive impairment, and depression. Older adults (65 +) have the highest rate of suicide in the United States, and depression is the foremost risk factor. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, 2001)

The MHA of Greater Houston Mental Health and Aging Committee raises awareness about the mental health concerns that affect aging and elderly adults and promotes healthy aging strategies. Its members focus on helping aging and elderly adults understand how to keep mentally fit and to know where they can get help for depression, anxiety or other mental health problems. Additionally, the Committee provides resources for older persons who may need advice, counseling, support, advocacy or other help in the Greater Houston area.

Committee Focus

• Public education on depression and the elderly and among caregivers
• Reducing the stigma of mental illness in the aging population
• Prevention strategies for mental illness in the elderly including prevention of suicide
• Healthy aging and promotion of strong mental health among older people

The Committee organizes free educational events and provides information on depression prevention, treatment and other related issues. Events are presented in a variety of settings that are easily accessible to aging and elderly adults in the community.

Solely devoted to mental health and aging, the Committee educates others primarily through partnerships and collaborations with private, community, and consumer organizations. It operates through a collaboration of volunteers who work to advance mental health and aging issues in the greater Houston area.

Resources

The Guide: Mental Health Resource Brouchure
Good Mental Health is Ageless
Depression in Older Adults (Factsheet)
APA Committee on Aging Comments on Interim Report of the
President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

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Program Contacts

Alejandra Posada - Director of Education
Tiffany Ross - Program Manager