"People with severe mental disorders generally die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. The majority of these premature deaths are due to physical health conditions."
The positive dimension of mental health is stressed in WHO's definition of health as contained in its constitution: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
"People with the highest levels of self-rated distress were 32% more likely to have died from cancer & depression has been be associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Schizophrenia is associated with double the risk of death from heart disease & three times the risk of death from respiratory disease."
MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION
"When we know the relationship of stress and depression to suicide, we can see how coping skills can help prevent suicide.
Suicide is not an isolated event but a process. The identifiable event that occurs before a suicide attempt is usually only “the last straw.” Identifying signs early in the process is a key to suicide prevention"