Individuals with SMI are prone to many different physical health problems(Table ). While these diseases arealso prevalent in the general population, their impact on individuals withSMI is significantly greater ,.
This longitudinal study examined the relationship between mental and physical health problems in a sample of high-risk youth served in the public sector.
Physical Health Problems and Suicide in Virginia
The authors utilized data from the 2004 and 2005 Expenditure Panel Surveys to identify adults without mental or physical illness in the 2004 survey who went on to experience a negative physical health event in 2005. Compared to those without a physical health problem, people with physical health problems had a threefold increase in the likelihood of obtaining mental health care. This was true even in the absence of what could be considered a catastrophic illness such as cancer or a stroke.