MIAMI (AP) — The state health department says people with mental illness are more likely to die in their homes than people without.
That means people with untreated mental illness may be at increased risk for death, even if they are not experiencing a mental illness.
State health officials say the study doesn’t say the opposite.
Instead, it says mental illness has been linked to a higher rate of death in some areas, including Miami.
They say the increased risk is because of the increased number of mental health diagnoses and treatment.
State officials say more than a quarter of the state’s 1.8 million people are thought to be suffering from mental illness, and more than 10,000 are currently in state mental hospitals.
The department says the report also doesn’t include a link between mental illness and homicide.
State Health Commissioner Brenda Johnson said Wednesday that the state has a “deeply flawed” system that is slow to address the mental health needs of residents.
The study is part of a series on mental health issues.
It also looked at the impact of the opioid crisis and whether the state is taking necessary steps to keep the population healthy.
The state also released a draft report this week on mental illness for people who are under the age of 60.