Everyone needs to look after their physical health and people with a mental illness have more reason to look after their physical health, as well as their mental health, given the two are ultimately connected.
Rates of chronic illness including obesity, diabetes and tobacco use are much higher for people with mental illness. Those with schizophrenia and a chronic condition have a higher rate of mortality. Up to 50% of people with serious mental illness have recognisable medical disorders and about 20% have medical problems that may explain or exacerbate their psychiatric condition. The presence of a greater number of physical health problems contributes to more severe psychosis and depression.
Mental health services and physical health services are relatively poorly integrated and people can be treated for one condition without being treated for the other.
Below are some useful resources for checking your health and healthy living.