WHO: Improving the physical health of people with severe mental disorders

People with severe mental disorders – including severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia – generally die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. The majority of these premature deaths are due to physical health conditions. Access to comprehensive health services remain out of reach for the majority of people with severe mental disorders. To help address this inequity, WHO has released, for the first time, evidence-based guidelines on the management of physical conditions in adults with severe mental disorders.

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