A Healthy Mind and Healthy Body are Fundamentally Linked

Treating the whole person rather than making artificial distinctions is important, Lesley Russell writes.

There is a fundamental link between our mind's health and our body's health. People living with a mental illness are at greater risk of experiencing a wide range of physical health problems. The reverse relationship is also true: people living with chronic physical health conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart conditions experience depression and anxiety at twice the rate of the general population.