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SAMHSA: National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

Monday, May 20, 2019
1 - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)
Location: LIVE WEBCAST (Registration link on page.)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Administration for Community Living, and the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging invite you to attend the Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day 2019 on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm in the Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW in Washington, DC with participation by webcast also available.

By 2030 the United States Census Bureau indicates there will be nearly 75 million Americans over age 65. A 2012 study from the Institute on Medicine found nearly one-in-five older Americans have one or more mental health/substance use conditions. Although they comprise only 15.2 percent of the U.S. population, older adults accounted for 18.2 percent of suicide deaths in 2016 and males 75 or older have suicide rates nearly double of any other age group.

This event is designed to raise public awareness around the mental health of older Americans and spur actions to address their needs by promoting evidence-based approaches to mental health and substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery supports for older adults and collaboration between the mental health and aging networks. It will also highlight where people can seek treatment and services when needed.