The IMPACT Guidance aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of staff working within community based third-sector mental health organisations and so enable them to discuss smoking with the people they support. By raising awareness of the links between smoking and mental health, it hopes to remove the uncertainty and discomfort staff may sometimes feel when discussing the topic.
The Guidance uses the acronym ‘AID’ – which stands for: Ask, Inform, Discuss options – to provide a framework for discussion.
A significant amount of supporting evidence underpins this guidance document. The IMPACT Project produced “Smoking and mental health: a neglected epidemic” which provides a broad overview of the evidence related to smoking and mental health.
Download the IMPACT Guidance: IMPACT Guidance