Assisted living to benefit mental health patients?

Posted on 23 May 2011

People with mental health conditions could benefit from paying for long term care.

According to one expert, those with mental health issues are less likely to be able to take care of themselves.

Dr Sandra Wheatley, social psychologist, said that people should look at "the whole picture" regarding mental and physical health.

She explained that if people are given the care they require mentally, they still need to be able to look after themselves in a physical way.

"It doesn't take much of a leap of the imagination to even an unqualified person to understand that if you are not looking after yourself mentally, you are probably not looking after yourself physically," she said.

This follows findings published in journal PLoS ONE which revealed that having a serious mental illness can affect life expectancy more than other established factors such as smoking, diabetes and obesity.

Written by Megan Smith



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