A growing number of individuals and organisations in Australia and overseas are actively involved in improving the health and well-being of people living with a mental illness. These links are to available information and resources to support involvement in Equally Well.
Inspiration for the Australian Equally Well is the Equally Well New Zealand initiative, a group of individuals and organisations committed to improving the physical health outcomes of people who experience mental health and/or addiction issues. Te Pou o te Whakaaro Nui is a leading partner and provides the Equally Well backbone support team. Their website hosts the New Zealand consensus position paper and associated Equally Well resources and information.
Our Equally Well Consensus Statement recommends young people living with mental illness, especially those experiencing their first episode of psychosis, should be engaged with early to promote healthy lifestyles. The HeAL Declaration’s principles and targets should be implemented as a standard across Australia, and work with young people should always be done in a safe environment, in a culturally respectful way.
The RANZCP has produced a number of reports and papers on what can be done to reduce barriers to health care for people with mental illness and other physical illnesses. One example is Keeping Body and Mind Together, on improving the physical health and life expectancy of people with serious mental illness, to advocate and guide training and best practice in treatment of people with serious mental illness and better inform their patients about treatment options.
Other tools and reports
- National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum – Advocacy Brief on their website on the Physical Health Impacts of Mental Illness and its Treatments
- Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) – Consensus Statement
- Orygen: The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health: Physical challenge wider health impacts for young people with a mental illness (June 2016)
- Mental Health Commission of New South Wales: Physical health and mental wellbeing (April 2016)
- National Mental Health Commission: Contributing lives, thriving communities – review of mental health programmes and services (November 2014)
- Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui: The physical health of people with a serious mental illness and/or addiction – Evidence Summary (June 2014)
- University of Western Australia: Clinical guidelines for the physical care of mental health consumers (April 2011)
- NSW Ministry of Health: Physical health care of mental health consumers (May 2009)
- Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office NSW Department of Health: The Physical Health Mental Health Handbook (2009)
Further reading: International reports
- Government UK: Improving the physical health of people with mental health problems: Action for mental health nurses (May 2016)
- The Royal College of Psychiatrists: Whole-person care: from rhetoric to reality – Achieving parity between mental and physical health (March 2013)
- Government UK: No health without mental health (February 2011)