Turning Point responds to research published by Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry

News item posted: 17 March 2017

In response to research published by Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry showing that serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10-20 years, Dr. Felix Davies, Managing Director for Mental Health services at Turning Point said;

"It is wholly unacceptable that an individual with severe mental ill health can expect to have a reduced life expectancy of 10-20 years. Turning Point work hard to ensure that our mental health services support the whole person, not just their mental health needs. For example our Health in Mind IAPT service in Sussex works closely with physical health services on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Coronary Heart Disease prevention to ensure that individuals get the support they need.

This is not an issue that we can afford to ignore. Commissioners need to embed parity of esteem between physical and mental health in their strategies and actions, and ideally go a step further and commission holistic, integrated services that provide whole-person treatment. Without this we will not see the changes we so urgently need to address this devastating and needless inequality."