Preventing mental illness, at long last

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Peter Byrne, the Public Mental Health lead at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, welcomes a new BMA report entitled: “Tackling the Causes – promoting public mental health and investing in prevention”.

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Physical health inequalities in primary care

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Andy Bell from Centre for Mental Health and the Equally Well UK collaborative, calls for action in response to the Public Health England briefing on severe mental illness and physical health inequalities.

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Collaborative care for depression and physical multimorbidity: clinically and cost-effective over the long term

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Gemma Shields summarises the findings of a cluster RCT looking at the long-term clinical and cost-effectiveness of collaborative care (versus usual care) for people with mental-physical multimorbidity.

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Quality of general hospital care through the liaison psychiatry lens?

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Kirsten Lawson explores a recent study of liaison psychiatry professionals’ views of general hospital care for patients with mental illness.

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Home eviction and health inequalities

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Ian Cummins considers a recent systematic review on the threat of home eviction and its effects on health through the equity lens.

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Peer support for physical health improvement: recovering ‘stolen years’?

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Lucy Simons discusses whether peer support interventions can help to provide physical health improvements for people living with severe mental illness.

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Integrated care for the physical health of people with severe mental illness: no easy answers

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Liz Hughes summarises a recent rapid review on integrated care to address the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness.

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Bringing together physical and mental health: King’s Fund report on integrated care

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Kirsten Lawson takes us through the key messages from the recent King’s Fund report on bringing together physical and mental health.

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What impact are psychotropic drugs having on our physical health?

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John Baker summarises the findings of a recent review of people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. The study looks at the adverse effects on physical health of psychotropic drugs (antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilisers).

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What influences physical and mental health-related quality of life for LGBT older people?

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Sarah Carr explores a US study on what is associated with physical and mental health-related quality of life for older LGBT people.

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