Depression, Anxiety, and Suicide

American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
www.gmhfonline.org External

Discusses all aspects of senior mental health and well-being, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, end-of-life care, depression and anxiety in older people, and the roles and functions of the geriatric psychiatrist.

Depression and Suicide in Older Adults Resource Guide
American Psychological Association
www.apa.org/pi/aging/resources/guides/depression.aspx External

Provides an introduction and bibliography on depression and suicide in older adults. Includes citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, and federal reports and links to additional resources such as consumer guides and brochures.

Depression: What You Need to Know
National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/depression-what-you-need-to-know-12-2015/index.shtml External

Describes signs and types of depression and provides tips on how to speak to a depressed or suicidal family member. Includes information on treatments for depression, including therapy and medication, and makes information available in PDF format.

Healthy IDEAS (Identifying Depression, Empowering Activities for Seniors)
Care for Elders
http://healthyideasprograms.org/ External

Offers depression screening for seniors, educates older adults and their caregivers about depression, links older adults to service providers, and empowers older adults to manage depression through involvement in meaningful activities.

Issue Brief 4: Preventing Suicide in Older Adults
Older Americans Behavioral Health
www.acl.gov/sites/default/files/programs/2016-11/Issue%20Brief%204%20Preventing%20Suicide.pdf [PDF, 382 KB / 4 p.] External

Offers information on suicide in older adults.

Mental Health Information: Publications about Older Adults
National Institute of Mental Health
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/older-adults-listing.shtml External

Includes information on depression, anxiety, and participating in clinical trials aimed at improving the mental health of older adults.

Older Adults
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
www.sprc.org/populations/older-adults External

Various articles on suicide prevention for older adults.

PTSD Assessment and Treatment in Older Adults
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/treat/specific/assess_tx_older_adults.asp External

Discusses how age-related factors can interact with posttraumatic stress symptoms and the associated problems and implications for research and clinical care.

Suicide.org
www.suicide.org/elderly-suicide.html External

Supports two toll-free, 24-hour crisis hotlines, and online and in-person survivor’s groups. Includes information on suicide warning signs, suicide statistics, how to help a suicidal person, and what to do if your loved one needs to be hospitalized.

Treatment of Depression in Older Adults Evidence-Based Practices Kit
United States Department of Health and Human Services
www.dmh.ms.gov/pdf/SAMHSA%20Toolkit.pdf [PDF, 94.4 KB / 69 p.] External

Provides a toolkit for healthcare professionals to treating depression in older adults.

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