A new Australian study has found that a wide range of mental illnesses are associated with lifelong strains such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As a result, mentally ill can have a life expectancy of 20 years -25 years the report stated in Lancet.
Professor of Psychology and Public Health Max Abbott at the AUT says: "The reasons for the decreased life expectancy are high rates of smoking and other drug use, unhealthy diet and sedentary activity."
"The lack of access to comprehensive physical and mental health services is another important factor. ", as well as the government.
"Clinicians and epidemiologists have long known that people with mental illnesses are at an increased risk for heart disease as well as obesity and diabetes," said Professor Mann in a 9002 statement] "Our rate of mental illness is high."
The study aims to show why Māori and Pasifika are overrepresented in mental health statistics.
It also recognizes the relationship between social factors such as poverty and mental health.