When Depression Becomes Unbearable

Elder Care Issues, Resources for Seniors
If you are unusually sad and experiencing thoughts of suicide, get help immediately by contacting your doctor, a friend, or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you are unusually sad and experiencing thoughts of suicide, get help immediately by contacting your doctor, a friend, or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Older adults with depression are at risk for suicide. In fact, white men age 85 and older have the highest suicide rate in the United States, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help immediately.

  • Call your doctor.
  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 to be connected to a trained counselor at a suicide crisis center nearest you.

For more information on Older Adults and Depression

Contact the National Institute of Mental Health

Phone: 301-443-4513 or 1-866-615-6464

E-mail: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Website: http://www.nimh.nih.gov