Lethal discrimination: why people with mental illness are dying needlessly and what needs to change – Rethink Mental Illness – September 2013

Posted on September 27, 2013. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: |

Lethal discrimination: why people with mental illness are dying needlessly and what needs to change – Rethink Mental Illness – September 2013

“OUR KEY FINDINGS
• People with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia die, on average, 20 years earlier than the rest of the population.
• More than 40% of all tobacco is smoked by people with mental illness, but they are less likely to be given support to quit.
• Fewerthan 30%of people with schizophrenia are being given a basic annual physical health check.
• People gain an average of 13lbs in the first two months of taking antipsychotic medication and this continues over the first year. Despite this, in some areas 70% of people in this group are not having their weight monitored.
• Many health professionals are failing to take people with mental illness seriously when they raise concerns about their physical health.”

Rethink campaign – Stop Lethal Discrimination

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