The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation is pleased to provide you with this depression recovery tool kit, A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression. The purpose of this kit is to help consumers, in partnership with their health care providers, identify and treat late-life depression.
The message is simple: late-life depression is treatable and recovery is possible. The first challenge in treating depression is identifying the illness and seeking help. You are not alone. Many people experience depressed moods at some point in their lives. When these experiences become severe or last over a period of time, you may be suffering from a depressive illness. Some people won’t tell anyone what they are experiencing; they are afraid that others may not understand, will not take them seriously, or will blame them.