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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

New website to help clinicians integrate physical and mental healthcare

Embargoed until 21 May 2012

Four medical royal colleges have launched a new website giving health professionals easy access to clinical resources to support the provision of integrated physical and mental health care.

 

A strong body of evidence shows that mental illness is associated with poor physical health. People with mental illness die on average 5-10 years younger than the general population, and people with medical unexplained symptoms account for around 20% of new presentations in primary care. In children and young people with a physical health problem, the rate of mental health disorders is more than doubled. Yet it can be hard for clinicians to find the right information to help them address these issues.

 

The Improving Physical and Mental Health website has been produced by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners. It provides links to key resources for supporting the physical health of people with mental health problems and learning difficulties, and supporting the mental health of people with physical health problems.

 

Created with funding from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the site signposts a manageable selection of key resources, including clinical guidance, screening and monitoring tools, information on service models that integrate physical and mental healthcare, and further reading. 

 

It has sections on long term conditions, medically unexplained symptoms, physical health in adults with mental illness, and children and young people.

 

Professor Linda Gask, Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry and Editor of the website, said: “Physical and mental health are inextricably linked. This website will be of interest to psychiatrists, paediatricians, GPs and other doctors, as well as to patients and commissioners of health services and brings together a wealth of resources in one easily accessible place.”

 

The website has been reviewed by panels of expert clinicians, who will continue to update and develop the site on an ongoing basis.


For further information, please contact:
Kathy Oxtoby or Deborah Hart in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 0203 701 2538

 

References:

The Improving Physical and Mental Health website is: www.rcpsych.ac.uk/improvingpmh

 

Note to editors:

The website has been created by a working group comprising members from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. It has been funded by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

 

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