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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry

About the faculty

Our vibrant and active faculty supports old age psychiatrist and trainees, promotes the mental wellbeing of older people and their families, and protects their rights.

New video

This short video explores the symptoms of depression in older people and what help you can get if you are feeling depressed. The video also shows how to cope if you are a friend or family member of an elderly person suffering from depression.


News and events

NHS Primer on Mental Health in Older PeopleNew NHS guidelines for practitioners in primary care

NHS England and NHS Improvement have published a document aimed at medical practitioners in primary care, in particular GPs, which highlights symptoms often attributed to old age but where a mental health diagnosis and follow-up is more appropriate.








Latest Newsletter


Thank you for responding to the Faculty survey on your services.  We are currently analysing the results of the Survey and we will put them on the resource section.  We hope to do this by the end of September.

The Faculty is looking for patients or carers willing to talk to the media about depression in older people.

If you have any potential cases please download the letter (opens a Word document) for them and for your trusts. 

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What we have done in the last 3 months


There is a variety of support for Old Age Psychiatry trainees including a Higher Trainee group, a Google group and free online training.

Prizes and bursaries

Prizes and bursaries are available throughout the year.


Best practice guidance, reports, policies and videos.

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