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Health and Wellness in People Living With Serious Mental Illness

Edited by Patrick W. Corrigan, Psy.D., and Sonya L. Ballentine

  • 2021
  • 340 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-380-2
  • Item #37380

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People with serious mental illness get sick and die 10–20 years earlier than their same age cohort. The social determinants are many: stigma associated with mental illness, poverty, ethnicity-based discrimination, higher rates of smoking and alcohol and drug use, and poor diet and exercise patterns, to name a few. Although multiple interventions have emerged as ways to combat these health challenges, additional research is necessary for the continued development and evaluation of strategies. This context serves as the springboard for Health and Wellness in People Living With Serious Mental Illness.

Through multiple case vignettes, the book delves into the challenges of health and wellness for people with mental illness—including those listed above—summarizing the research on mortality and morbidity in this group as well as information about the status quo on wellness.

It also provides a thorough description of community-based participatory research (CBPR), an approach that includes people in a community as partners in all facets of research, rather than just the subjects of that research.

CBPR acts as the lens through which this guide considers solutions to these health problems, including integrated services and patient-centered medical homes; medical practices that diminish the iatrogenic effects of psychiatry; psychoeducation; interpersonal supports; and shared decision-making.

Co-edited by Patrick Corrigan, with a 30-year history in services research, and Sonya Ballentine, a community-based member of a CBPR team, this volume offers a grounded, real-world illustration of CBPR in practice.

Students of psychiatry, practicing clinicians, primary care providers, allied health professionals, policy makers—all will find, in the pages of this book, a nuanced portrait of the health challenges patients with mental illness face, possible treatment options, and future directions for the field.


  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Breadth and Depth of Morbidity and Mortality
  • Chapter 2: Research Considerations and Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Chapter 3: Effects of Concurrent Substance Use
  • Chapter 4: Health Service Disparities
  • Chapter 5: Consequences and Life Choices Related to Living with a Serious Mental Illness
  • Chapter 6: Impact of Medication Effects on Physical Health
  • Chapter 7: Role of Medical Homes in Primary Care
  • Chapter 8: Shared Decision Making
  • Chapter 9: Healthy Living Skills
  • Chapter 10: Health Navigators to Address Wellness
  • Chapter 11: Smoking
  • Chapter 12: Improving Diet, Activity, and Weight
  • Chapter 13: The COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Chapter 14: Final Thoughts: Moving Forward


    Sonya L. Ballentine, B.A.
    Andrea B. Bink, Ph.D.
    John S. Brekke, Ph.D.
    Sara Catanese, M.A.
    Evelyn T. Chang, M.D., M.S.H.S.
    Kelsey M. Clary, B.A.
    Patrick W. Corrigan, Psy.D.
    Johan Detraux, M.Psy.
    Siu Ping Chin Feman, M.D.
    Ayorkor Gaba, Psy.D.
    Marc De Hert, M.D., Ph.D.
    Katherine D. Hoerster, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Erin L. Kelly, Ph.D.
    Carla Kundert, M.S.
    Jonathon E. Larson, Ed.D.
    Katherine Nieweglowski, M.S.
    Susan A. Pickett, Ph.D.
    Karina J. Powell, Ph.D.
    Sang Qin, M.S.
    Janis Sayer, Ph.D.
    Marisa D. Serchuk, M.S.
    Lindsay Sheehan, Ph.D.
    David Smelson, Psy.D.
    Yu Sun, M.P.H.
    Davy Vancampfort, Ph.D.
    Alexander S. Young, M.D., M.S.H.S.

About the Authors

Patrick W. Corrigan, Psy.D., is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.

Sonya L. Ballentine
is Project Manager in the Department of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois.

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