By Paramus Post Saturday, February 06, 2010, 07:33 AM EST
The statistics are astounding. People living with serious mental illnesses are dying 25 year earlier than the rest of the population. This is due in large part to unmanaged physical health conditions including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease. Additionally, 3 out of every 5 persons with serious mental illnesses die due to a preventable health condition.