Did you know that people with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years younger than people who don't have serious mental illness? This differential has increased
, not decreased, in the past 15 years or so. In the early 1990's, the seriously mentally ill died on average 10-15 years younger than their peers. For some reason, the health of the mentally ill is getting worse, not better. Why? What's causing this? What can we do about it?Here is an article from USATODAY about this issue.