As An Older Adult

Life experiences can bring joy and sorrow. As we age we may face the loss of a loved one, changes in our bodies and our overall health. These changes can lead to depression and even to thoughts of suicide. While very distressing, the pain of these feelings can go away.  The following information can help you better understand depression and assist you in getting help.

If you are thinking about suicide or self-harm, there is help for you.

If you think you may be depressed, help is available.


As a Family Member or Friend Concerned about an Older Adult

Family members and friends who care for and about older adults often become their lifelines. They may help them negotiate the social experience of aging, the distress of illness, the loss of a spouse, and the tasks of maintaining a home and a good quality of life. They may also need to help an older adult who is experiencing symptoms of depression. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, two million out of the thirty-five million older adults in this country experience significant depressive disorders. Older adults experiencing this level of distress may be at risk for suicide. The information provided in this section offers support to family and friends in their efforts to help older adults who are in great emotional distress.

If an older adult you know is depressed or thinking about suicide, there is help.


Hurting yourself is NEVER the answer. There is help available…talk to someone now

For immediate help call

Riverside Emergency Services

Newton Wellesley Hospital

Samariteen Hotline
1-800-252-TEEN (8336)

Samaritan Helpline
1-877-870-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)