Presentation: Mental and physical wellbeing – A joint project

Manchester Mental Health project2With an estimated one in four of us at risk of developing a mental health problem at some point in our lifetime, caring for, and supporting, those who do become unwell is a vitally pressing concern for the health community.

People with a mental illness are also more likely to smoke, have a poor diet and be less physically active than the wider population, whilst medication for mental health problems can sometimes lead to weight gain and diabetes.  For an individual these factors can also result in devastating physical health effects.  In fact those with severe mental illness can have a life expectancy up to 25 years shorter than that of the general population.

This presentation was delivered in March 2013 at the ‘Mental Health – from Strategy to Reality Conference’ by Professor Ruth Boaden, Service Operations Management at Manchester Business School (MBS) and Deputy Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for Greater Manchester, and Dr Sean Lennon, Medical Director of the Trust.

More information about Severe Mental Illness and Physical Health can be found on our website, and you can see how this is continuing to have a positive impact on patients. If you would like any further information, please contact Michael Spence.