Mental health and aging: Development and implementation of an online mental health peer-support platform for older adults

Imagine you are an older adult who sometimes feels down or anxious, and you would like someone to talk to who understands what you are going through. However, you may not have many people in your life who can relate to your experiences, or you may not feel comfortable discussing your mental health with them.
That’s where our online platform comes in. This project will create a platform where older adults can connect with other older adults who are going through similar challenges. Providing a safe and supportive space where you can talk about your mental health, the platform will connect older adults who have lived experience of mental health challenges and who may better understand what you’re going through. Using this platform, you will be able to communicate with them in a variety of ways, such as through private messaging or in virtual support groups.
Overall, the goal of the project is to provide a convenient and accessible way for older adults to access mental health support, which can be particularly important for those who may have limited mobility or who live in rural areas where mental health services are not readily available.