Serious Mental Illness

  • Alexandros MaragakisEmail author
  • Michael Vriesman


The term serious mental illness (SMI) is commonly used in healthcare but lacks clear definition. This lack of clarity is due to SMI being used to describe multiple psychological issues, such as psychosis (Ruggeri, Leese, Thornicroft, Bisoffi, & Tansella, 2000), severe functional impairment (Federal Register Volume 58 No. 96, 1993), or as an umbrella term for diagnoses like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder (De Hert et al., 2011). For the purposes of this chapter, we chose to refer to SMI as an umbrella term that captures a wide range of mental health disorders in order to provide a more inclusive perspective.


Serious mental illness Stepped care Schizophrenia Health behaviors Functional improvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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