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Mental health

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Growing older can give women a sense of freedom and increased happiness. With the children grown and the daily grind finished, you may feel more in control of your life than ever before.

However, the loss of loved ones, the isolation of living alone, or personal illness may take an emotional toll. Research continues to show a strong link between the body and the mind. That means that staying healthy requires paying attention to both. Read on to learn more about mental health.

If you are suicidal, or afraid you may become suicidal, seek help immediately.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255).
It's toll-free and available 24 hours a day, every day. Or call 911 or go to the emergency room — suicidal thoughts are an emergency.

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Content last updated August 12, 2010.

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