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What is Severe Mental Illness (SMI)?

SMI commonly refers to diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar and organic psychosis. 

Our work to support people living with SMI is really important as it hopes to reduce a huge health inequality gap. 

People living with SMI are at risk of dying 15-20 years earlier than the general population.

People living with SMI are:

  • Two times more likely to have diabetes and die of cancer
  • Five times more likely to die of liver disease
  • Three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease

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In Bradford there are currently 7,839 people diagnosed with a SMI. That equals roughly 1% of the population

NHS England is committed to reducing premature mortality among people living with a SMI

As part of this, they encourage and are expanding access to physical health checks so physical conditions can be detected and treated early on. You can read more in their Five Year Forward View for Mental Health.

The strategy for mental wellbeing in the Bradford district and Craven includes a commitment to reduce premature mortality associated with physical ill health in people living with SMI.  You can read more in the Mental wellbeing in Bradford district and Craven strategy.


FREE SMI online training open to all within Bradford and Craven

At Mind in Bradford we are currently offering free SMI online training to anyone living or working in Bradford and Craven. The session explores the inequalities people living with SMI face and considers how you alongside other local organisations can support people and contribute to reducing these inequalities. 

If you would like to sign up for our free SMI and physical health checks training, please sign-up on Eventbrite. We have date scheduled regularly online and can arrange these face-to-face if required. 


Thank you for the training. It will hopefully be a catalyst for change and ultimately be beneficial to people we work with.

Excellent informative session with lots of excellent discussions that really feel will help towards improving systems currently in place.


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What is a physical health check?

If you are aged 14+ and diagnosed with a SMI, your medical practice will invite you for a yearly physical health check.

A physical health check includes:

  • weight measurement
  • blood pressure
  • blood tests
  • assessment of alcohol consumption
  • assessment of smoking status.

We encourage anyone with a SMI to take up these health checks. If you haven’t been invited for a physical health check in over a year, we advise you contact your medical practice. 

We are currently working to create resources to encourage people to look after their physical health and mental health, and to access the annual physical health checks they are entitled to.

For any further enquiries, please contact [email protected]

Hear from Masira Hans, SMI Programme Manager on BCB Radio

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