NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber: The Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing Cohort

The Lifestyle Health and Wellbeing Survey for people with severe mental ill health (SMI) is part of the NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber Mental Health and Comorbidity theme which explores the interface between mental and physical ill-health.

People with SMI experience significantly poorer physical health and higher mortality compared to the general population, dying on average 15-20 years earlier than people without SMI. The main cause of these deaths is due to chronic physical conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular, respiratory and infectious disease and hypertension. Preventable risk factors such as smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet, obesity, tobacco use and the side effects of psychiatric medication all contribute to this health inequality.