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Mental Health Session

Mental Health Session

Focus on Older Locals

People over the age of 65 are vulnerable to mental health issues, and must have a place they can go to talk about the particular challenges they have, according to Wangaratta's Well Ageing Info hub.

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That's why they're holding an information session, in conjunction with Northeast Health Wangaratta, on the important topic.

"One in three people suffer from a mental illness, it's not something we should be hiding under the covers anymore, it needs to be spoken about," says Project Officer Nadia Tilson.

She says things like isolation, deteriorating physical health and big life changes can lead to mental health challenges in older people.

But they want to show locals that there is help out there.

"I think it's important that people think that it's safe and okay to talk about it," says Ms Tilson.

"It's okay not to be happy 100% of the time, it's okay to feel anxious sometimes. These feelings are actually normal and it's best to speak about it."

Designed for older residents and their families and carers, the free session is on today at The Uniting Care Hall from 2pm.

The session will cover the basics, like ways to start conversations with people you are worried about, and where to go if you need help.

Those that can't make it to the session can still contact the Info Hub on 1800 319 333.

There are also trained volunteers at the Wangaratta Library every Thursday from 10am to midday, where people can ask for help or information.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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