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Equally Fit - Ending Health Inequalities for People with Serious Mental Illness

Wednesday 17th August, 2016

What is Equally Fit?

This is a project that has been developed as a partnership between Support in Mind Scotland and Bipolar Scotland to tackle the unacceptable inequality between physical and mental health care for people who live with mental illness. 

We know that more must be done to stop people with mental illness dying up to 20 years earlier than they should because of poor physical health,and that much of the problem relates to the stigma that people with mental illness still face, not just from the public, but actually within health and social care services themselves.

Aims of the Project

Support in Mind Scotland and Bipolar Scotland will work with people with lived experience of mental illness including those who provide care and support to relatives and friends to:

·         Develop a Charter of Rights for Physical Health Equality that we can use to highlight this issue and the seriousness of not addressing it.

·         Use this charter to develop a strategy for action that people can use in their local areas to talk to health professionals about the simple things that they could do to improve people’s experiences and improve quality of life.

Change Network

We can’t do this alone – we need the help of people with lived experience to make sure everything we do reflects real life and promotes solutions that will actually make a difference now and in the future.

We want to create a network of at least 100 people across Scotland, 75% of whom must be people who have experience of mental illness either themselves or as a relative or carer of someone with mental illness.

You could be part of the Change Network:

Contact Lesley at Bipolar Scotland on:

Lesleyf@bipolarscotland.org.uk

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