SAMHSA’s Wellness Initiative: Why Wellness Matters for People with Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

People with mental health and substance use conditions die decades earlier than the general population, mostly due to preventable medical conditions. Risk factors for people with mental health and substance use disorders: poverty, social isolation, trauma, tobacco, obesity, medication side-effects, alcohol and drugs, and lack of access to quality healthcare.

SAMHSA organized “National Wellness Week” for the 3rd week in September, with events around the country. Find events or organize your own: More Info

Infographic shows why individuals with mental illnesses die earlier than the general population 

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