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Exercise for mental illness

17th August 2006

17082006_mentalhealthexercise1.jpgThe government has launched guidance to improve the physical fitness of people with mental illness; presently people with severe mental illness have much worse levels of physical health and are more likely to develop diseases such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.

The guidance is intended to help local commissioners design services that improve the physical wellbeing of mental health patients.

Additionally £7 million has been made available for the 88 spearhead PCTs to employ 'well-being nurses' who will work in partnership with health trainers, mental health staff and GPs, to deliver health checks and blood tests, and provide advice on diet and exercise.  They will also give on-going support and help to access services.

Pilot projects piloted in eight PCTs since 2004 showed that by providing appropriate support it is possible to help people with mental health problems live healthier lives and to spot the early signs of diseases, for example diabetes.

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