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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

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Depression is common in old age balloons

World Mental Health Day: Depression

I blog for World Mental Health DayEvery year on the 10th of October,* The World Health Organization joins in celebrating World Mental Health Day.  Here at Psych Central we are (as a network) participating our 3rd Annual World Mental Health Day .  This year World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults.

In my Mental Health Humor Cartoon, I tackle psychological disorders of depression and fear of balloons in older adults.  First here are the facts:

“Depression is common in old age. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 2010 data, the Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) for depression (major depressive disorder plus dysthymia) over 60 is 9.17 million years or 1.6% of total DALYs in this age group.”

My mother, WHO is now in her 60’s, has dealt with depression most of her life.  Depression has many faces, both clinical and situational.  As Parents and loved ones get older, other health issues can cloud and/or complicate or trigger depression.  Stress, retirement, divorce or loss of a loved one or mate, isolation, financial problems and chronic physical conditions can lead to clinical depression.  Older Adults are at high risk.

What can be done?

There are organizations within your community that are always looking for volunteers to the “elderly.”

In my area, there is a place called the Cultural Center of Charlotte County. It’s a senior center, and they love seeing the kids… I think they look at our kids and can’t help to think of their own kids or grand kids and it makes whoever we meet happy… The kids and I hang out there when we can. The girls love the craft gift shop and LP and I like to play chess with Lou and Jim and one fellow I nick-named “Bobby Fischer.”

There are other ways to get involved and help with Senior Adults. You could visit nursing homes and such. You may have to Google what is in your area.

It’s always a good idea to help your own kin first, unless you just need practice on some unknown senior. If so, go volunteer somewhere. Better to make your “helping” mistakes on older Seniors who don’t know You– than on family members who can write you out of their will (tongue n’ cheek).

Fear Of Balloons = Globophobia

As for the Phobia: Fear Of Balloons = Globophobia, that is just something I deal with and since I am an Older Adult I thought it was worth including.

*My Father was Born October 10, 1933, today he would be 80. (1933-1996)

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World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]

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Stewart, C. (2019). World Mental Health Day: Mental Health and Older Adults. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 24, 2020, from


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