Let’s talk about smoking
Guidance, support and training for staff and volunteers supporting people with mental health problems about the effects of smoking on mental health, and how you can respond.
About the IMPACT Project
ASH Scotland’s IMPACT project has provided a guidance booklet and up-to-date training on smoking and mental health to third sector, local authority and NHS services since 2017. It is aimed at staff and volunteers supporting people with mental health issues and looks closer at smoking and mental health, and how you can support those you work with.
In addition to our guidance booklet about the effects of smoking on mental health, which you can download under the IMPACT guidance tab, we offer a free blended training course which is part eLearning and part face-to-face (via Zoom). You can find our scheduled dates and links to book a place under the training tab above.
If you would like to discuss this further please contact:
Jim O’Rorke firstname.lastname@example.org
Iain Stewart email@example.com
Smoking is an important, and emotive, issue in the world of mental health.
We know that people experiencing poor mental health are more likely to smoke, and in fact smoking is the biggest part of why people with mental health issues die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. Smoking imposes significant financial costs on this already disadvantaged group, with the average cost to a smoker being £1600 a year. We now also know that smoking does not support good mental health, and stopping smoking is associated with improvements in conditions such as depression, stress and anxiety.
Reducing smoking is now a national priority in the Scottish Government’s 10-year mental health strategy. Yet many professionals report that they find it difficult to engage with clients on smoking, as they wish to avoid appearing judgemental or controlling, or feel that this further disempowers clients through taking away a support mechanism.
The IMPACT project exists to support workers and volunteers, enabling them to be more confident when supporting clients to consider the mental and physical health benefits of stopping smoking.”