Mental health support project launches in WaipahuUPDATED 8:59 PM HST Apr 11, 2014Video Transcript
Here is a sobering fact: Many Hawaii residents struggling with severe or persistent mental illness may not seek out help for medical issues -- which has led to the state's unusually high mortality rate. KITV 4's Paul Drewes shows up how one stop shopping for services could change that. 20 35 108 125 Turning 70 years old hasn't slowed Roenne Kam down. 5:36 "I am not using a wheelchair or a cane" She spends much of her time at the Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse, where she encourages others not to let mental illness slow them down. She speaks from experience, after suffering from depression for years. 4:32-4:42 "you need the help, if you don't get the help its going to get worse and you are going to end up some place other than where you want to be" Mental illness can be more than just a disease -- for some it is a death sentence. kim@8:08-8:18 "people of mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population. Predisposed to hypertension and diabetes" nat@17:26 "very very good, that's how we like to see it" Now under the expanded Living Well pilot project, the Waipahu Aloha Clubhouse will offer testing for those common killers. They will also provide tips for better eating habits and help with other health issues. Because it has been found that many with mental illness don't get the medical help they need. dr. tamoria@12:46- 13:02 patients who go to primary care won't go to psych and other people who come to psychologist, don't go for outside services in the medical community standup@26:00 "the hope is because many are already comfortable here, they may be comfortable also getting the medical help they may be missing out on" it is a project that's worked successfully at the Kalihi Palama health center. That program started up last year. Now it could also help save lives in Waipahu. nat@17:40 "no diabetes, ok" Paul Drewes KITV 4 news. Currently both of the pilot programs are on Oahu, but because of the success -- the state is looking at expanding the concept statewide.