New animation to promote mind and body

Thursday, February 02, 2017

New animation to promote mind and body

King’s Health Partners have launched a new animation to introduce the connections between mental and physical health and some of the ways we can begin to provide more joined up care to patients and service users.

‘Mind and body: don’t separate the inseparable’ has been released to coincide with Time to Talk Day, an annual day focused on reducing the stigma associated with mental health by encouraging people to talk about the issue. The video aims to contribute to this goal by raising awareness of the significant number of people who have both a mental and physical illness. 

  • The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness or learning disability is 15- 20 years shorter than for someone without.
  • 30% of people with long term physical health conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis or heart problems, also have a mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety.
  • Nearly half of all people with diagnosed mental illness also have at least one, and often more, long term physical conditions.

Evidence shows that by joining up physical and mental healthcare, we can help someone to manage their different conditions, improve their health outcomes, and even prevent unnecessary health problems for some people by identifying risk early.

Our partnership is committed to a programme of work to join up and deliver excellent mental and physical healthcare, research and education so that we treat the whole person. We are doing this by: 

  • improving identification and diagnosis of mind and body needs through universal assessment and meaningful sharing of data
  • developing new, and enhancing existing service infrastructure to fully embed a mind and body approach
  • robust evaluation of what works and developing a common set of clinical and economic outcome measures to inform system development and incentives
  • learning and development to upskill our workforce to be aware and practice essential skills confidently across mind and body
  • championing an integrated mind and body ethos across our partnership through 
  • system leadership, communications and awareness raising

Dr Sean Cross, Clinical Director of the King’s Health Partners Mind and Body Programme says: “we need to get much better at identifying and treating mental and physical illness in a more joined up way. The first step on this journey is raising awareness that there is a problem with how we currently do it and encourage people to find out more. This is everybody’s business, and we need to act collectively to improve the care we provide for our patients and service users.”

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is part of King's Health Partners.

The partnership is made up of King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

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