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July 2019

y-QUIT: a resource to support people experiencing psychosis who want to stop smoking.

This is the latest addition to the RIGHT FROM THE START set of resources aiming to equip service users and families with better information and confidence to seek help about physical health from the earliest opportunity.   Why do this? Some people who experience psychosis may face a future affected not only by psychological difficulties but also by poor physical health. Smoking is a common concern – 60% of people experiencing psychosis for the first time are smokers, and 4-5 times more likely to smoke than their peers not experiencing psychosis. Supporting people with early psychosis to improve their health and fitness can help avoid future poor health. Quitting smoking is one of the best ways to do this:   Helps people become fitter and avoid future physical...

A blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness

The Lancet Psychiatry Commission a blueprint for protecting physical health in people with mental illness, will be launched at the 19th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 21, 2019.   Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Colleagues Dr Rebekah Carney (from The Youth Mental Health Research Unit) and Dr David Shiers (Psychosis Research Unit) are contributing authors in the latest The Lancet Psychiatry Commission. Dr Rebekah Carney, Youth Mental Health Research Unit: Rebekah.carney@gmmh.nhs.uk Dr David Shiers, Psychosis Research Unit: David.shiers@doctors.org.uk   People with mental illness have an increased risk of physical disease, as well as reduced access to adequate health care. Physical-health disparities are observed across all mental illnesses in all countries. The high rate of physical comorbidity, which often has poor clinical management, reduces life expectancy for...