Adult Mental Health – 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.
Are you interested in learning more about health screenings?
A two page form is available online that provides: