Many factors shape our mental health, such as how socially connected we are, the state of our finances, the stability of our housing and our physical health. Our new research shows that people severely affected by mental illness want more support accessing this kind of care in their communities.
People with severe mental illness die on average 20 years younger than the general population, often from preventable physical illnesses. We have developed a range of free resources to support mental health professionals in addressing the physical health needs of the people they support.
We are commissioned by NHS England to deliver a national programme of involvement groups for people in secure services, which is called Recovery and Outcomes. This involves us bringing together people from low and medium secure mental health services to support their recovery. Recovery and Outcomes also aims to drive improvements in the secure care system that are in line with the recommendations of the Mental Health Taskforce’s Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.
Find out how we are ensuring that people with lived experience of mental illness are involved in the design, delivery and commissioning of mental health services. You can also view some of our toolkits and resources to help commissioners get started on their journey.