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Nurses are pivotal in closing the mental health mortality gap, says RCN

Nurses have key role in achieving physical health equality for people with serious mental health needs
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RCN report puts nurses at the centre of efforts to achieve physical health equality for people with serious mental health needs

  • People with serious mental illness are likely to die 15-20 years younger than the general population
  • This is often due to physical health problems that either go undiagnosed or are managed poorly
  • The RCN aims to raise awareness and knowledge among nurses, while funding and service design are also vital

Nurses have a critical role to play in addressing the mortality gap between people with serious mental illnesses and the general population, but need support, says an RCN report.

Delivering physical health equality for those with serious mental health needs is an urgent issue, given that those with a serious mental illness can die 15-20 years younger than the general population.

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