Please find below comment from Marjorie Wallace, Chief Executive of the mental health charity SANE, on research by University College London and Edinburgh University which found that people with mild mental illnesses such as anxiety or depression are more likely to die early:
“We are glad that there is now growing evidence for the dangers of allowing depression and other mental illnesses to go untreated.
“Even what may be considered mild depression can cut short a person’s life, not only through the use of alcohol, cigarettes and other substances, but by directly affecting the recovery from physical illnesses such as heart disease.
“The debilitating effects on a person’s life can lead them to neglect themselves and their management of long-term conditions such as diabetes or cancer.”
For more information please contact the SANE media department on 020-7422 5556.