“Poor Physical Health Blamed for Shorter Lives in Mentally Ill”

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This May 21, 2013 article on Medscape talks about a study in Australia indicating that poor physical health is viewed as a major factor in the shorter life-span of folks with mental illnesses.  They have been tracking the health of people in a specific region of Australia and found that since the 1990’s, despite an increase of knowledge about the issue, the gap in the lifespan of a mentally person as compare to the lifespan of a non-mentally ill person seems to be widening.

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“Mild mental illness ‘raises risk of premature death'”

 

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This August 1, 2012 article found on the BBC News Health website raises concern about the health risks faced by folks who have even mild depression or anxiety.  It has been well documented according to the article that folks with a serious mental illness have on average been dying about 20 years sooner than folks with no mental illness.

 

 

 

“Fitness program for mentally ill expands in NH “

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This article found in the Beaver County Times and dated February 23, 2012, talks about a program in New Hampshire for helping folks with serious mental health issues to improve their overall physical health.  While the article pertains more to a program in New Hampshire, it is something that is being looked at here in Pennsylvania as well.  I receive services from an agency here in Pennsylvania that is beginning to take a serious look at whole health treatment as opposed to looking at me and others in my area as either a mental heath consumer or a physical health patient, this particular agency is beginning to explore ways to treat folks as a whole person focusing on both physical and mental health as a single unit.  I don’t know of other specific agencies in Pennsylvania doing the same thing, but based on hearing about conferences attended by representatives of the agency I receive services from, I think its safe to say that other agencies across Pennsylvania are looking at similar ways of thinking.

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