Minnesotans taking action for healthier, longer lives (MN 10 by 10)

Findings from a number of recent national studies indicate that adults with a serious and persistent mental illness are dying, on average, 25 years earlier than the general public. The leading causes of these premature deaths are heart disease, lung disease, diabetes and cancer. One of the basic reasons for premature death among persons with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is that very few routinely see their primary care physicians for annual physical health screenings. Yet with regular screening, these diseases can often be prevented by lifestyle changes or can be detected early so treatment can control these health conditions.

A group of public and private professionals and payers met for over a year to develop an important initiative to improve the average lifespan of Minnesotans with serious mental illness from 2011-2012. The goal of the initiative was to increase the average lifespan of Minnesotans with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia by 10 years within 10 years. We refer to this initiative as the MN 10 by 10. The initiative has developed a form that consumer, family members and providers can use as an informational tool for both clients and providers that can be used within the health care setting.

People with bipolar disorder or schizophrenia usually do not see their primary care physicians for annual health screenings.

  • • Regular screenings for early signs of heart disease and diabetes are very important. Heart disease and diabetes are among the leading causes of death among Americans.
  • • With regular screening, these diseases can often be prevented by lifestyle changes or can be detected early so treatment can control these health conditions.
  • Are you interested in learning more about health screenings?

    A two page form is available online that provides:

  • • A bit more information about leading a healthier and longer life,
  • • A list of preventive screenings your primary care physician should do annually,
  • • Space to fill in your results, so you can track your health results,
  • • And a list of people you may want to share your health results with, along with any instructions or treatment recommendations made by your primary care physician.
  • Other Resources

    10 x 10 Wellness Campaign Home for federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA).

    Informational brochure for primary care providers that provides strategies for talking about wellness and connecting with patients' behavioral healthcare providers (SMA10-4566).(PDF)

    10 by 10 Wellness Campaign: Top Three Ways to Promote Wellness (PDF)

    Report on “Mental Disorders and Medical comorbidity” from Robert Wood Johnson by Druss and Walker –Literature Review and Analysis Feb 2011 (PDF)


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