NYAPRS Note: Helping people with serious mental health conditions to improve their health and wellness is a national imperative (see the facts below). The following comes from SAMHSA’s Program to Achieve Wellness, an initiative overseen by Policy Research Associates and on whose Steering Committee NYAPRS sits.
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Here’re some challenging facts at the Program to Achieve Wellness website at http://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/program-achieve-wellness.
- Nearly 40% of people with schizophrenia are physically inactive, placing them at higher risk for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.Health Promotion Resource Guide – 2014 (PDF | 2.8 MB)
- In 2013, 4.2% of U.S. adults (an estimated 10 million people) reported having serious mental illness (SMI) within the year prior to being surveyed. Behavioral Health Barometer: United States – 2014
- Approximately 8.2% of the U.S. population aged 12 or older (an estimated 21.6 million people) reported having a substance use disorder in 2013.Substance Use and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Overview of Findings
- More than 44% of adults with serious mental illness are smokers, and people with mental illness smoke nearly half of all cigarettes produced, but they are only half as likely to quit as other smokers. Studies estimate that between 34 to 80% of people with an alcohol use disorder also smoke.Smoking Cessation Leadership Center