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Mentally Ill: Life Expectancy

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of severe mental health conditions on the life expectancy of patients. (132290)

The Department has not made a direct assessment of the impact of severe mental health problems on the life expectancy of patients. However, as made clear in the Choosing Health White Paper, the Government recognise that people with mental health problems tend to experience worse physical health than the rest of the population. This is why it is supporting well-being support programmes in spearhead primary care trusts and published a commissioning framework in 2006 on supporting the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness, which has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department's website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4138212