Many people with severe mental health problems miss out on the care they should receive for physical illnesses according to researchers writing in the British Journal of Psychiatry and reported on the BBC News website. The research paper found that those living with severe mental illness were less likely to get drugs for ‘physical’ conditions such as high blood pressure.
Speaking to the BBC in response to the report, Paul Jenkins, chief executive of the charity Rethink Mental Illness said: “The report is absolutely right to call for clinicians to prioritise the physical health of people with severe mental illness. It is a scandal that this group of people die on average 20 years younger than the general population, mostly due to preventable physical conditions’.
Jenkins is without doubt correct in calling for this issue of scandalous inequality to be taken seriously. Let’s hope that mental health campaigners/advocates make it a priority for sustained lobbying and public education.
You can read the entire BBC report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-20539159