S25: “All I need is the air that I breathe” – 18 month journey to a smoke free environment at Fairleigh Lodge (mental health residential support service for older adults).

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Authors: Lindsay Yuille

Year: 2017

Event: 2017 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Change, Innovation, Reform,Lifespan – Children, Youth, Adults, Older People,Comorbidity,Wellbeing

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: In May of 2015 Fairleigh Lodge bravely embarked on a journey to become a 100% smoke free mental health residential service by August 1, 2016. With 70% of service users and 90% of staff recorded as avid smokers; initially this goal seemed unattainable and unrealistic. Achieving buy-in from service users, staff, diverse healthcare providers and family/whanau was a major challenge. Developing a consistent effective approach to moving towards our smoke free goal was difficult and we stumbled many times along this journey. However, through grit determination, teamwork, education, smoke free champions, and accessing specialized mental health smoke free support services -- Fairleigh became 100% smoke free by August 1, 2016!

This snapshot presentation will highlight our innovative service approach to: education, policy & procedure, development of smoke free coaches, program evaluation and sustainability. The positive qualitative and quantitative outcomes of this innovative change for older adults accessing mental health services will also be explored. Learning from our success and failures, audience members will walk away from this presentation with practical tools and ideas to trial in their own service environments.

Learning Objectives
Learning Objective 1: How to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain a long-term service approach to becoming a 100% smoke free.

Learning Objective 2: Many people accessing mental health services struggle with tobacco addiction and the severe physical health consequences of smoking. Using innovative and strategic programs to successfully support people who access mental health services to quit smoking is crucial. This presentation will highlight key successes and learning points on the journey to becoming a 100% smoke free service.

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