MEDIA BRIEFING: Mental illness takes a toll on the body and years from your life: 20 year life expectancy gap revealed
People suffering from mental illness face drastic physical health challenges too, according to an Aussie-led task force which found people with mental illness could experience a gap in life expectancy of around 20 years. The report found a broad range of mental illnesses are associated with a lifelong burden of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and makes a range of lifestyle and healthcare recommendations to combat the huge disparities faced by these vulnerable populations. Tune into the briefing to hear from the lifestyle lead Dr Simon Rosenbaum and Commission Chair Dr Joseph Firth, who describes these disparities as a “human rights scandal”.
Journal/conference: The Lancet Psychiatry
Organisation/s: Western Sydney University, The University of New South Wales, The University of Melbourne, The University of Queensland, Deakin University
Funder: This work was supported in part by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) using Official Development Assistance funding (Grant: 17/63/130: NIHR Global Health Research Group: Improving Outcomes in Mental and Physical Multimorbidity and Developing Research Capacity (IMPACT) in South Asia at the University of York). JF is supported by a Blackmores Institute Fellowship. NS is funded in part by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (NIHR CLAHRC YH). DSi is supported in part by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1111136). SR is supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (APP1123336). FG is funded in part by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. FG is also supported by the Maudsley Charity, King’s College London, and the South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Funding. JS is supported by an NHMRC Clinical Research Fellowship (APP1125000). JTo is supported by a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain and Behavior Foundation. Brendon Stubbs is supported by a Clinical Lectureship (ICA-CL-2017-03-001) jointly funded by Health Education England (HEE) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Brendon Stubbs is part funded by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Brendon Stubbs is also supported by the Maudsley Charity, King’s College London and the NIHR South London Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) funding. GT is supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South London at King’s College London NHS Foundation Trust, and the NIHR Asset Global Health Unit award The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care. GT receives support from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under award number R01MH100470 (Cobalt study). GT is supported by the UK Medical Research Council in relation the Emilia (MR/S001255/1) and Indigo Partnership (MR/R023697/1) awards. The views expressed in this Commission are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the acknowledged institutions.
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- Dr Joseph Firth is the chair of the commission and senior research fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and honorary research fellow at the University of Manchester
- Dr Simon Rosenbaum is the lifestyle section lead of the commission, and scientia fellow and NHMRC research fellow at UNSW Sydney.
Date: Mon 15 July 2019
Start Time: 10:00am AEST
Duration: Approx 45 min
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