Results: The findings point out that there are significant age differences in perceptions about having a mental health condition and needing mental health services among Latino older adults. The younger Latino cohorts were twice as likely to identify having a problem and more likely to perceive a need for formal care (p<.05). Yet, family cohesion has overarching effects on both cohorts. Both young and old who frequently contact and tell family about problems were less likely to identify having a problem or perceive a need for formal mental health services (p<.05). The results also show that for both young and old cohorts talking with friends increased the likelihood of identifying a mental health problem and perceive a need for formal services (p<.05). In contrast, reliance on friends has a similar effect as contact with family resulting in a decreased likelihood of identifying a problem or the need for formal services. In sum, given the particular importance of family ties and close friends among Latinos, awareness about mental health issues should have a broader focus on family and friends as network paths to identifying mental illness and the need for formal care. Mental health literacy interventions should target family oriented communication strategies. Future policy may consider alternative approaches embedding family-oriented mental health interventions in existing senior services units within Latino communities that already provide culturally appropriate care. Future studies of perceived mental health need should further explore age differences in relation to individual perceptions of mental illness and treatment as well as the influence of social networks within Latino subgroups.