A rise in people in later life facing depression, anxiety and bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic is a concern in North East Lincolnshire.

One in four older people live with a mental health issue but only 4% access talking therapy services locally.

With lockdown restrictions on activities increasing social isolation and loneliness, we're encouraging older generations to talk.

NAViGO Open Minds service lead Gary Bryars said: “Depression and anxiety can affect anyone of any age. Likewise, people of any age can receive treatment and recover and our services are there for adults of all ages.

“Talking about mental health has become more open over the last few years but sometimes we find older people are reluctant, as they don’t want to be labelled; they feel they should just ‘get on with it’ or that it’s a natural part of aging. But it doesn’t have to be.

“It’s important to remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. We know it isn’t always easy to open up, but let’s start that conversation – we can make a huge difference to anyone experiencing anxiety, depression and low mood.”

Local resident Maggie Neul recently accessed the Open Minds service and spoke to NAViGO about her experiences

NAViGO Open Minds offers a variety of services providing advice, guidance and therapy with trained professionals on hand to deliver support for individuals experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.

This includes quick access and support to a range of treatments including guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling.

Gary added: “Remember, NAViGO Open Minds are here for you – telephone 01472 625100 or self refer online.