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June 18, 2001

Massachusetts Study--Mentally Ill More at Risk for Early Death

The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health just completed a statewide study and found the death rate among young adults with mental illness is more than triple that of their peers without mental illness. The report, Department of Mental Health Mortality Report, 1998-1999, was released June 7, 2001 and finds the leading causes of death among the mentally ill is heart disease, pulmonary disease and suicide. The study focused on the 60,000 people the department served in 1998 and 1999, comparing their death . . .

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