A new approach to mental health

Written by: | Published:

Physical activity has been shown to improve outcom Physical activity has been shown to improve outcomes in mental health

A greater proportion of people with mental illness have poor physical health compared to the general population.1 They die younger2 – on average 10 to 17 years earlier than the general population.

Nurses can play a substantial role in the provision of support to patients with mental health problems. Mental health problems are one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide3 and mental health campaigners have welcomed a government plan to roll back years of service cuts that have caused ‘dangerously high’ bed occupancy rates, waiting times and low staff morale.4

People with a psychotic disorder constitute 0.7 in 100 of the population, whereas those with bi-polar disease include 2 in 100 people.5 The number of patients who have mental health related issues is increasing. It is estimated that 1 in 4 people may have, at some time in their life, a mental health condition.6 Under the Equality Act 2010 health care professionals have a duty of care to all patients, including those with mental health issues.7


Please login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments.


What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.