Improving Physical Health for People with Mental Health Conditions
Tuesday 5 July 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London
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“Physical and mental health are closely linked – people with severe and prolonged mental illness are at risk of dying on average 15 to 20 years earlier than other people – one of the greatest health inequalities in England. Two thirds of these deaths are from avoidable physical illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, many caused by smoking. There is also a lack of access to physical healthcare for people with mental health problems – less than a third of people with schizophrenia in hospital received the recommended assessment of cardiovascular risk in the previous 12 months. In addition, people with long term physical illnesses suffer more complications if they also develop mental health problems, increasing the cost of care by an average of 45 per cent. Yet much of the time this goes unaddressed.” Mental Health Taskforce Strategy, February 2016
This conference takes a practical case study based approach to delivering parity of esteem through learning from organisations that have succeeded in addressing the challenge of improving the physical health of people with mental health conditions. The conference will focus on meeting the national recommendation set out by the Mental Health Taskforce in February 2016.
The conference will include national updates and case study sessions focusing on making parity of esteem a reality, promoting fitness and physical activity, improving physical health for people with severe mental illness, smoking cessation, the role of drug abuse, monitoring physical health, the role of recovery services, reducing medication physical health side effects and the role of liaison psychiatry.