The mind and body are inseparable, and mental and physical health conditions are often connected. When mental and physical health problems are combined, people are less able to manage their conditions properly and their health outcomes become worse.
Did you know?
- The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness or learning disability is 15-20 years shorter than for someone without.
- 30% of people with long-term physical health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems, also have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.
- Nearly half of all people with diagnosed mental illness also have at least one, and often more, long-term physical conditions.
Evidence shows that by joining up physical and mental healthcare, we can help someone to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early. There are many different ways that NHS services are already trying to address this problem, but we need to turn best practice into common practice.
We would like the views of patients, carers and families on
“what one thing could services do to better support your physical and mental health?”
We are inviting people to come and discuss their views at an engagement event on 8th December 12-2pm in the Burfoot Court Room, Guy’s Hospital.
Please register for the event at: http://tinyurl.com/jzj5hqj
Alternatively we are happy to take comments via email: firstname.lastname@example.org