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RCN: Campaign promotes equal treatment of mental and physical health

The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) new parity of esteem initiative encourages members to take a holistic approach to patient care.

“Currently, people with severe mental illnesses die 15–20 years earlier than the general population,” said Tim Coupland, who leads the RCN parity of esteem project.
“We can all play our part in changing this by addressing people’s mental health with the same urgency as we do physical health and ensuring that people with complex mental health issues are supported to look after their physical well-being. We also need to consider how physical health issues affect our patients’ mental health.” 

Tim and the rest of our parity of esteem group have been looking at how mental and physical health feed into one another and what nursing staff can do to make parity a reality. Their week-long campaign shares key insights and actions to help you make changes in your workplace.

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Source: RCN, 7 October 2019


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