Helping People Who Use Mental Health Services to Quit Smoking: An Introduction

Helping People Who Use Mental Health Services to Quit Smoking: An Introduction

Full Day Training
9am Registration, 9.30am Welcome and 4.30pm Close


Whilst people with Severe Mental Ill Health are more likely to smoke and be more addicted to nicotine than the general population, they are less likely to be offered help to stop smoking despite having similar levels of desire to quit or cut down. NICE guidelines 2018: "Stop smoking interventions and services", states that people with mental health problems should be prioritised. In addition, The National Centre for Smoking Cessation & Training (NCSCT) believe 'It is very likele that treatment wil be more effective if tailored to the needs of people with mental health problems, rather than simply replicating programmes aimed at the general population'. The Smoking Cessation Intervention for severe Mental Ill Health Trial (SCIMITAR+) found that offering a bespoke smoking cessation programme was effective.

Led by Professor Simon Gilbody with members of the SCIMITAR+ Team (Della Bailey, Suzanne Crosland, Paul Heron, Dr Emily Peckham), Mental Health & Addiction Research Group (MHARG) The University of York, the day will discuss that people with SMI can stop smoking and that this is most likely with tailored support. Details of factors which can help or hinder smoking cessation will be discussed, including nicotine replacement therapy/Chimpax, behavioural support and recognition of the need to tailor support to accommodate an individual's mental health. 

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