It is not difficult to understand why. Even in the richest countries, people living with severe mental illnesses face everyday challenges that complicate their ability to take healthy decisions and seek the necessary care. The same thing happens in countries with low incomes and means, but with additional barriers. In these countries, 90 percent of people with severe mental illnesses are outside the formal healthcare system because they are confined to their homes or to social or criminal institutions.
We can do something about these disparities, and a growing set of global evidence shows the way. This is the main message of the new care guidelines launched [by the World Health Organization.]
One of them requires changing perceptions among health professionals and carers that people with severe mental illness are "beyond help."
People with severe mental illnesses, for example, are twice as likely as the general population to use tobacco and often die younger due to tobacco-related preventive health conditions. The new global guidelines make it clear that smoking cessation interventions recommended for the general population should also be offered to people with serious mental illnesses.
The new WHO guidelines show that everyone who provides health services to people with serious mental illnesses can differentiate their health.
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