- Background: People with serious mental illness (SMI) are at increased risk of developing various physical health diseases, contributing to significantly reduced life expectancies compared with the general population. In light of this, the Department of Health have set the physical health of people with mental health problems as a priority for improvement. Additionally, the UK government encourages the NHS and local authorities to develop health promotion programmes (HPPs) for people with SMI.
- Aims: To document how many and what types of HPPs were available to people with SMI across four South London boroughs, UK.
- Results: We found 145 HPPs were available to people with SMI across the four boroughs, but with an inequitable distribution. We also found that certain HPPs set admission criteria that were likely to act as a barrier to improving health.
- Conclusions: A more integrated approach of documenting and providing information regarding the provision of HPPs for or inclusive of people with SMI is needed.