Authors: Sue Bertossa, SA
Event: 2005 TheMHS Conference
Subject: The Tobacco and Mental Illness Project, Smoking IS an Issue
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Tobacco and Mental Illness Project conducts smoking cessation programs for people with mental illness throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area. Over 250 people have participated to date, with impressive results. By the end of the 10-week program 28% of participants were not smoking and another 47% were smoking less than at the outset. This workshop will provide a simple, evidenced-based framework for raising the issue of tobacco with consumers, and guidance in providing ongoing support to those wishing to address their smoking. The emphasis will be on skilling health workers to provide brief and effective intervention. The workshop will explore common barriers and issues to quitting and provide practical tips and suggestions to help overcome these. The practices are based on the collective wisdom of the program facilitators and the many consumers who have participated in the program since its inception.