Parity of esteem (valuing mental health equally with physical health)
Embedded into all the programmes is the raising awareness of the high prevalence of people with serious mental illness and diabetes.
“20% of people with serious mental illness may have diabetes but 70% of these will be unaware.
People with serious mental illness and diabetes will die 20 years earlier than their peers, mostly due to heart disease”.
This is the opportunity to start a conversation about how we start integrating physical and mental health. Attendees are asked to think about about what they can do to identify and help those at risk in their area of work.