Mental health issues affect people of all ages, ethnicity and economic circumstances. You are not alone. Experts estimate that one in five people in the U.S. experiences some form of mental illness. Several barriers to accessing mental health services include the individuals perception of the stigma associated with having a mental illness or the lack of education among the elderly and their family; justifying the warning signs of mental health problems to normal aging.
One of the first steps in dealing with mental illness is to recognize and identify the problems the person is experiencing and then seeking help.
It can be difficult to know how to start or where to turn for help and will depend mainly on the nature of the problem or symptoms. Often, the best place to start is your local mental health organization.