Improving physical health in people with mental illness

What barriers exist - and what is the role of the Physiotherapist?

People with severe and persistent mental illness (including conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, bipolar disorder and major depression) have up to 20 years shorter life expectancy than the general population. This is mostly due to poor physical health, rather than direct consequences of mental illness.

Substantial evidence supports the benefits and use of physical activity in the treatment and management of people with mental illness, but physical activity levels in this population remain low.



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