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Physical health checks for people with severe mental illness

We all have to look after our health, but people with severe mental illness need to be a little extra careful.
Your medication and lifestyle could put you at risk of certain health problems. The good news is, you’re
entitled to an annual health check to get advice and support.

If you’ve been diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder or psychosis your GP should ensure that you have a regular annual check up. Your practice may already have written to you to invite you to a check up. If you’ve not received a letter from your GP surgery, you can make an appointment yourself and we really recommend that you do.

You could also see if you are on your GP surgery’s severe mental illness register. Being on this register simply means that you will get a reminder for your health check.

Find out more in this physical health check flyer by ReThink Mental Illness.