Healthier Longer Lives: Improving and Extending the Lives of People With Serious Mental Illness

Many people will celebrate their 80th, 90th, or even 100th birthday — but statistically people with serious mental illness don’t have the same chance at growing old. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), people living with serious mental illness have a life expectancy that is 10-20 years shorter than average.


The Healthier Longer Lives partners are working to improve and extend the lives of people with serious mental illness. For more resources created by these partners, please see below.

Research Articles and Reports



The Largest Health Disparity We Don't Talk About

The Case for Severe Mental Illness as a Disparities Category

Excess mortality in persons with severe mental disorders: a multilevel intervention framework and priorities for clinical practice, policy and research agendas


Physical health of people with severe mental disorders: leave no one behind


Meeting Report on Excess Mortality in Persons with Severe Mental Disorders


Policy Brief on Severe Mental Disorders

Excess mortality among people with mental disorders: a public health priority

Mortality in people with mental disorders in the Czech Republic: a nationwide, register-based cohort study

Fountain House's Clubhouse Model - A Place to Be

Fountain House's Clubhouse Model - Family Support & Recovery

“Lessons from OECD countries: mental health is critical for human capital development”


“Resilient youth seize opportunities, build their future”


“Entrepreneurs in fragile, conflict and violence-affected countries face unique mental health challenges”


“On World Mental Health Day: A call to invest in interventions for young people”.


 “Mental Health in Prisons: How to Overcome the Punishment Paradigm?”


“Maternal Depression and Stunted Children: An Avoidable Reality"


“Healthy women are the cornerstone of healthy societies”


“Invisible wounds: Mental health among displaced people and refugees”


“Mental health services in situations of conflict, fragility and violence: What to do?”


“The case for physical and mental wellness programs in the workplace”


“Healthier Workplaces = Healthy Profits”


“On World Health Day, why I'm choosing to talk about depression”


“Advancing global mental health action: lessons from Canada”


“Mental Health Parity in the Global Health and Development Agenda”


“Mental Health Parity is Critical for Achieving Universal Health Coverage in Ukraine”


“Bringing Mental Health Services to Those Who Need Them Most”


“In Liberia, providing comfort for kids in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis”


“Is technology the way forward for addressing mental health among youth?”


“The unheard voices of women caregivers for people with mental illness”


“Dawa-Dua: How medical treatment complements prayer for people with mental illness in India”


“Campaign Art: #LetsTalk”


“Live, Love, Laugh: A message from Deepika Padukone”


“Is Unemployment Bad for Your Health?”


“Shining a light on mental illness: An “invisible disability”


“Mental health and intimate partner violence in Kenya”


“Is Violence a Public Health Problem?”


“The zero hour” for mental health


“Mental Health: Time for a Broader Agenda”


“Prevalence of deaths through substance abuse, mental health and road accidents differ by region”