The IMPACT Guidance was written with the clear aim to increase the knowledge and confidence of staff working within community based third-sector mental health organisations to discuss smoking with the people they support. By raising awareness of the links between smoking and mental health, it intends to remove some of the uncertainty and discomfort staff 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.
Click on the following link to download the Guidance:
The IMPACT Guidance
There is a significant amount of supporting evidence which underpins this guidance document. The IMPACT Project produced the evidence review “Smoking and mental health: a neglected epidemic” which provides a broad overview of all the evidence related to smoking and mental health.