ester from clubhouseEster Eliasdottir, a former Director of the clubhouse in Reykjavik, Iceland is currently in Gibraltar, working on a voluntary basis with the Gibraltar Clubhouse members and staff. During her time as director, she served on the Clubhouse Advisory Board in New York and on the provisory board of the European Partnership for Clubhouse Development (now Clubhouse Europe). The Icelandic Clubhouse also hosted the 12th European Clubhouse Conference under her management and achieved a three-year accreditation from Clubhouse International with her guidance and support. She is very knowledgeable about the Clubhouse ideology and particularly how to adapt it to a small community. [Read more…]

Addressing the physical health of people with mental health problems

mental healthMental health problems kill. No, this is not an overstatement, nor is it a cheap attempt to draw your attention. It is a sad, unpopular, but undeniable fact.

The link between mental and physical health is unmistakable. Even in high-income countries, there is a 15 to 20-year mortality gap between people with mental health problems and the general population. Outside of the lower life expectancy, persons with mental health problems also experience more chronic health conditions – they are more likely to be obese and have heart disease, high blood pressure, respiratory disease, diabetes, strokes, or breast cancer. For example, research shows that depression almost doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease, while people with schizophrenia are twice more likely to die of a cardiovascular illness. [Read more…]