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

No Health without Mental Health

There is a clear link between mental and physical health.


There is an urgent need to strengthen both the provision of mental health care to people with physical illness and the quality of physical health care provided to people with mental health problems in general hospitals and primary care.


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The ‘No Health without Mental Health’ Project argues that improvement within the general hospital can be brought about at relatively little additional cost by being ALERT to five priority areas:


  • Awareness of the link between physical and mental health needs to be heightened
  • Liaison Psychiatry Services are required in all general hospitals
  • Engaging Patients & Carers is essential in improving services
  • Re-organisation, Commissioning & Quality Standards – Liaison mental health services should be commissioned and reviewed against agreed specific service standards  - the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) will take this forward
  • Training & Education needs to be improved for all healthcare professionals

Did you know...

  • A quarter of all patients in general hospitals have mental health problems
  • 60 percent of people over the age of 65 who are admitted to hospital have or will develop a mental disorder during their admission
  • Liaison psychiatry interventions can improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs yet many hospitals do not have access to these services
  • On average, people with mental illness die five to ten years younger than the general population
  • 8 out of 10 primary care professionals want more training in mental health issues

This project forms part of the College's Fair Deal campaign  

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