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Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems

Screenshot of the cover of DH publication: Physical healthcare for people with mental health problemsPublished on 20 May by Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England, Physical healthcare for people with mental health problems, may make interesting reading for CLMH research sites |AoC Sportmakers (see section 3: Action on... Improving physical activity levels) | FACES sector providers (where your curriculum offer includes health and social care education and training). 

The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health (2016) highlights health inequalities people with mental health problems experience, including poorer physical health and the failure of mental health and physical health services to recognise and meet their physical healthcare needs. 

"People with severe mental illness are particularly at risk and die on average 15-20 years earlier than the general population. Being in contact with mental health services does not necessarily mean that people will have a physical health assessment, have their physical health monitored, or receive the information and support they need to adopt a healthier lifestyle."