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Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems

This new policy document was developed in order to improve the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental health problems.

 

This new policy document, titled titled 'Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Actions for mental health nurses' from the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England was released in May 2016.

The objective is to provide a resource that assists mental health nurses to identify risk factors known to adversely affect the physical health of people with mental health problems and reduce life expectancy. These are broken down into eight key risk factors, which are outlined as:

  • Supporting to quit smoking
  • Tackling obesity
  • Improving physical activity levels
  • Reducing alcohol and substance use
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Medicine optimisation
  • Dental and oral health
  • Reducing Falls

This document focuses on how to deal with some of the main risk factors for physical health problems, and helps to make sure that people living with mental health problems have the same access to health checks and healthcare as the rest of the population. It also pushes for a focus on a holistic approach to physical and mental health, saying that 'the two are inextricably linked and it is detrimental to a person's overall wellbeing to regard these two as separate entities'.

To download this document, click here

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