Authors: Mark Weston, Reg Zacher and Sheryl Mulconray, SA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Smoking IS an Issue, TOBACCO, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Many people with mental illness smoke tobacco and as a result experience poor physical health, poverty, social and community barriers and more difficulty resuming a healthy, satisfying life in the community. Many people with mental illness are very concerned about their smoking and want to quit or reduce tobacco. Since 2000, over 250 people living with mental illness in South Australia have participated in a 10-week course to quit or reduce tobacco. Three people living with mental illness and who have quit tobacco made this presentation. It addresses the reasons we decided we wanted to address tobacco, how we went about it and the impact that it has had on our mental and physical health and the quality of our lives. This presentation provided delegates with knowledge of the information, support and encouragement that we found helpful and it made recommendations to consumers, carers and mental health workers about the key components of successful services for people with mental illness addressing tobacco.