Physical and mental health

The DIAMONDS Programme

DIAMONDS is looking at Improving Outcomes and Self-management in Diabetes and Mental Illness.

Evidence suggests people with a severe mental illness:

  • Have poorer physical health
  • Shorter life expectancy by around 20 years compared with the general population
  • And are two to three times more likely to have Diabetes

Self-management (which includes taking medications, monitoring symptoms, preventing complications, and leading a healthier lifestyle) is an important part of staying well with a long-term condition. However, self-management interventions in particular are rarely offered to people with SMI because they are often excluded from research.

Further information on the Diamonds study

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