Breaking Down Barriers: Exploring Beliefs and Help Seeking in Older Adults

It's common to experience new emotional difficulties as life circumstances change with age. Similar to getting a regular car service, we also need to check in and 'tune up' our mental health from time to time to ensure optimal wellbeing. Many face barriers to receiving suitable mental health support.

Breaking Down Barriers wants to know if certain beliefs and other factors influence your decision to seek help. They want to hear from all perspectives, including those feeling emotionally well not requiring mental health support. This will help them understand what needs to change so those that require help can get it.

This project is being conducted by Professor Sunil Bhar at Swinburne University.

Who is eligible?

If you are 60 and over and living in the community in Australia (not residential age care) you are eligible to participate. Participation involves completion of an online survey designed to explore older men's beliefs about their mental health, barriers to treatment, mood, and help seeking behaviour. The survey is anonymous and takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

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Questions or concerns about the research

If you have any questions or concerns about the research, please do not hesitate to contact Peta Prindiville on or 03 9214 3705.