Don't separate the inseparable animation
"The mind and body are inseparable, and mental and physical health conditions are often connected.
The average life expectancy for someone with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, or a learning disability, is 15-20 years shorter than for someone without.
And many people with physical health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems, also suffer from a mental illness such as depression or anxiety.
In fact, did you know that 30% of people with long term physical health conditions, also have a mental illness?
Or that nearly half of all people with diagnosed mental illness also have at least one long-term physical condition?
And that when mental and physical health problems are combined, people are less able to manage their conditions properly and their health outcomes become worse.
By simply asking someone how they are feeling physically and emotionally, we can improve the care they receive.
But we shouldn’t stop there… local health services still separate care into physical and mental and often fail to share patient information.
People are often passed between different parts of the NHS without the right connections being made.
And on many occasions, healthcare professionals are not aware that their patient has multiple health conditions.
Evidence shows that by removing the barriers between physical and mental healthcare, we can help people to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early.
For example, by training staff to screen patients for common mental and physical health conditions in all care settings, the right support or treatment can be identified as soon as possible.
By raising awareness of the connections between mental and physical health, and by working together in multidisciplinary teams across primary, secondary and community care, we can make sure that our NHS services are delivered in a way that best meets the needs of our patients and service users, allowing them to live longer and healthier lives.
Mind and body – don’t separate the inseparable."