The real causes of premature death in mental illness

The mortality gap has stayed consistent but the causes have changed

A Lancet study has revealed a significant gap in life expectancy for people with mental illness.

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The research from the Australian National University (ANU) has found that men who are diagnosed with a mental health condition in their lifetime can expect to live 10.2 years less than those who aren’t.

Meanwhile, women with a mental health condition die 7.3 years earlier.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Annette Erlangsen says the study, which analysed medical and hospital data from Denmark from 1994-2014, also found the mortality gap had stayed