Nearly 80% of patients with psychosis gain weight on antipsychotic medication and are two to three times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Their lifespan is also shortened by 15 to 20 years. It is a priority for mental health services to prevent weight gain in young people experiencing psychosis, and the associated risk of developing physical health conditions. The effects of preventing weight gain on adherence to medication and quality of life are significant. Providing exercise equipment at the Early Psychosis Team clinic will improve access to equipment for consumers, and can help promote healthy behaviours in young people.
The Early Psychosis team clinic aims to increase physical activity of people with a chronic psychotic illness by providing opportunities to participate in supervised exercise.
The project has been completed and continues to be a successful way of improving physical health in consumers of the Early Psychosis Team. Should you be interested in further information, please contact the nominated contact above.