Friday, 22 May 2015

Keeping body and mind together: Improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with a serious mental illness (report)

The RANZCP report reveals that about the high rate of physical illness among people with mental illness in Australia and New Zealand (as well as other developed countries).

This comorbidity compounds the disadvantages already experienced by people with mental illness and is associated with a far shorter life expectancy.

Some estimates suggest that the lives of both men and women with serious mental illness are up to 30% shorter than those of the general population (Piatt et al., 2010) and Australian research indicates that the gap is increasing rather than diminishing (Lawrence et al., 2013).
See more of the RANZCP report at: https://www.ranzcp.org/Files/Publications/RANZCP-Keeping-body-and-mind-together.aspx

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