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untreated mental illness can mean a shorter lifespan

Posted by Michele Brown on Jan 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

One of the benefits of the advances we’ve made in medicine and technology is a longer life expectancy. Whereas the average life expectancy in 1910 was 51, today it’s 79. However, this increase doesn’t apply to everyone. According to Thomas Insel, the former director of the National Institute on Mental Health, the life expectancy for individuals experiencing severe mental illness is nowhere near the national average.

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Topics: Mental Health Wellness Month