Lilly's Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness Resources for Serious Mental Illness Added to SAMHSA's Distinguished National Registry

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First program from a pharmaceutical company to be included in national registry
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) 
announced today that the Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness program
resources for individuals living with serious mental illnesses, such as bipolar
disorder and schizophrenia, have been added to the Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-Based
Programs and Practices (NREPP), an online registry of evidence-based
interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use
disorders.i  SAMHSA, established in 1992, exists to reduce the impact of
substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.  

Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness are an online library of resources
developed by Lilly in collaboration with psychiatric experts - including
psychiatrists, nurses and mental health advocacy leaders - to empower people
with psychiatric illnesses to make informed decisions about managing both
physical and mental health.  

Studies have shown that the program improves the well-being of people living
with serious mental illness, including improvements in patient Body Mass Index,
waist circumference, blood pressureii  and knowledge about their illnesses.iii

"We are pleased that these initiatives have been further validated through
SAMHSA's distinguished NREPP listing and that more mental health service
providers today recognize the critical need for an integrated, whole body
approach to patient care," said  Robert Baker, M.D., vice president of global
medical affairs, Lilly Bio-Medicines. "Since Lilly introduced Team Solutions and
Solutions for Wellness in 1997, more than 38,000 healthcare professionals have
utilized these resources."

Despite advances in treatment, individuals with serious mental illness die an
average of 25 years younger than the overall population. The higher death rate
in this population is largely due to preventable health conditions such as
cardiovascular disease and diabetes, which are often caused by modifiable risk
factors such as poor nutrition and lack of exercise.iv

"In addition to medication, mental health providers need evidence-based,
non-pharmacological interventions for providing comprehensive care," said  Betty
Vreeland, MSN, APN.C from the  University of Medicine and Dentistry of New
Jersey  (UMDNJ)-University Behavioral HealthCare, and a primary author of the
resources. "We created these free resources to be easily integrated into almost
any behavioral health setting with the ultimate goal of supporting people with
mental illness in achieving optimum health and living a full and rewarding life
in their community."

About Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness
Team Solutions is a recovery-based illness and life skill management resource.
It consists of 10 workbooks that emphasize knowledge and skills that can help
people with serious mental illness better understand their illness, strengthen
resilience and partner with their treatment team.  

The Solutions for Wellness program incorporates physical health and wellness
into the recovery process, including two workbooks that offer information on
healthy eating, physical activity and positive lifestyle choices. By turning
evidence-based scientific theories into practical and easy-to-use materials, it
aims to help reduce many of the modifiable lifestyle factors that contribute to
the high morbidity and mortality rates in people with serious mental illness.

Overall, these easy-to-implement workbook materials focus on a whole-person
approach to treatment and are centered on the belief that every person with
mental illness has the ability to recover.  

Team Solutions and Solutions for Wellness resources and training materials are
available at no cost to treatment teams at

About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing
portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its
own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific
organizations. Headquartered in  Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers -
through medicines and information - for some of the world's most urgent medical
needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at  


i  About NREPP. Accessed on  December 8, 2011  via
ii  Vreeland et. al., 2010. Solutions for Wellness: Results of a Manualized
Psychoeducational Program for Adults with Psychiatric Disorders. American
Journal of Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
iii  Vreeland et. al., 2006, Efficacy of the Team Solutions Program for
Educating Patients About Illness Management and Treatment, Psychiatric Services.
iv  J. Parks et. al., 2006, Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious
Mental Illness. National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
(NASMHPD) Medical Directors Council.

Refer to:Morry Smulevitz  (Lilly), +1(317) 651-5567,

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SOURCE  Eli Lilly and Company

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