Emotional Well-being

If you need immediate help, please call the Washington County Crisis Line at 503-291-9111.

Emotional well-being is an important part of maintaining a good quality of life at any age. Anxiety and depression are not a normal part of aging. Many factors can contribute to the decline of a person's mental health and well-being, and depression can look different from person to person. Some people who are depressed may not even experience feeling sad, but instead they might have trouble sleeping, lose interest in their favorite activities, feel anxious or irritable, experience changes in appetite, or begin using alcohol or substances to feel better.
Older woman
The Program to Encourage Active Rewarding Lives for Seniors (PEARLS) is a time-limited and participant-driven program that teaches depression management techniques to older adults and people with minor depression. The program is designed to support individuals who may not otherwise seek mental health services in a community or group setting. The program consists of in-home counseling sessions followed by a series of maintenance session contacts conducted over the telephone. Community-based depression care managers use problem-solving treatment, social and physical activity planning, and pleasant events in a series of eight 50-minute sessions over a 19-week period with three to six subsequent phone contacts. The PEARLS program is free and offered at the following agencies: 
  • Asian Health & Service Center: 503-872-8822 x200 
  • Jewish Family & Child Service: 503-226-7079 x131
The David Romprey Oregon Warm Line is a peer support line for those who are having or have had experience with mental health concerns: 1-800-698-2392

The Friendship Line is a 24/7 support line providing emotional support, well-being check-ins, information and referrals and crisis intervention: 1-800-971-0016

Suicide risk increases with age. Older adults with depression visit the doctor and emergency room more often, incur higher outpatient charges and stay longer in the hospital. Depression is treatable. Please call the Aging and Disability Resource Connection of Oregon (ADRC) at 1-855-673-2372 to learn more about these programs.