Physical health is important for everyone, but can be a particular challenge for people experiencing mental illness.
Queenslanders with a mental health problem are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and more likely to experience other long-term health problems such as cancer and diabetes. Many of these conditions impact on quality of life and shorten life expectancy.
This is why the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner has pledged our support to the National Mental Health Commission’s Equally Well National Consensus Statement.
Equally Well calls for better collaboration and coordination between governments, professional bodies, social and community services and other leaders in mental health to make the physical health of people living with mental illness a national priority.