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SPECIAL REPORT: ADDRESSING MORTALITY


By Martino Belvederi Murri, MD and Panteleimon Ekkekakis, PhD

“People suffering from depression die, on average, 10 years earlier than non-depressed individuals.” You must have heard this while attending a conference, reading a journal, or simply in a discussion with a colleague. It has little to do with the risk of suicide: we are mainly talking about death due to physical causes, and in particular cardiovascular causes. Any mental health professional, upon learning of this fact, may have felt uneasy, even inadequately prepared to address such a complicated issue. After all, until a few years ago, we thought that colleagues from other branches of medicine would take care of those aspects, right? Well, no. A million times, no.

ALMH is a growing movement that is introducing a series of new data and aspects across the Mental Health spectrum: prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, advocating for patients' rights and addressing stigma. These data are interconnected in a functional way to form a holistic and integrated approach. A multitude of objectives and actions in synergy with a large number of stakeholders and target groups are already evolving or planned to be developed in different areas.

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Updated: Jun 12, 2020

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