National Older Adults Mental Health Day
National Older Adults Mental Health Awareness Day: It's About Time
Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director, SAMHSA Director for Mental Health Services
Our population is aging. Approximately 75 million Americans will be over age 65 by 2030. Additionally, in 2012, one in five older adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness, substance use disorder, or both. That ratio, should it still exist in 2030, would equal approximately 15 million people. The growing number of older adults with mental or substance use disorders could have a tremendous impact on the healthcare needs of our nation. To bring even more emphasis to the needs of older Americans, SAMHSA, in conjunction with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging and the Administration for Community Living, designated May 18, 2018 as National Older Adults Mental Health Awareness Day. On National Older Adults Mental Health Awareness Day, we will hold a public discussion on the topics of mental health and aging specifically related to the prevention, treatment and recovery support options for older adults with mental or substance use disorders.