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Students urged to focus on health promotion and lobby for equality

Delegates are told that they have a vital role in helping service users live longer, healthier lives.

Delegates are told that they have a vital role in helping service users live longer, healthier lives.

Mental health nurses need to focus on health promotion if premature deaths among their clients are to be prevented, an expert from Public Health England (PHE) has said.

PHE national programme manager for wellbeing and mental health Seamus Watson said life expectancy of people with serious mental health problems ‘was like living in the 1950s’. Mr Watson, who trained as a nurse, was speaking at the inaugural Future of Mental Health Nursing students’ conference at the O2 in Greenwich, London.

He told the 500 nursing student delegates of the role of mental health nurses in improving the physical welling of people living with mental theatre problems, adding that service users get the same illnesses as everyone else, they just get sicker and die younger.

‘They have more modifiable risk

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