IMPACT Training: “Smoking and Mental Health – Understanding the IMPACT”

This course is currently under development and further information regarding delivery (such as dates, venues and how to register) will be posted on this page in due course. The following information is up-to-date but is still subject to change. We anticipate delivery of the course will begin by December 2017.


To equip workers supporting people with lived experience of mental health problems with the knowledge, skills and confidence to initiate a conversation on smoking and discuss options for supporting people who are ready to quit.

Learning outcomes

This course will:
• Increase knowledge of the of the harm caused to people with mental health problems, including the effects of smoking on medications.
• Increase awareness of the wider links between smoking and inequalities.
• Increase confidence to initiate discussions on smoking, including the IMPACT guidance and practical application of other tools and techniques.
• Outline the importance and relevance of your role in discussing smoking with people of lived experience of mental health problems, as well as your role in providing ongoing support.
• Provide an overview of local stop-smoking support options including: behavioural support, nicotine and non-nicotine containing products (which can assist in a quit attempt) and policy.

This training is primarily designed for staff working within third-sector organisations where there are significant numbers of people with lived experience of mental health problems using their service.

The course comprises a one-hour online session and a two-hour face-to-face session. There will be an option to have the online session as a stand-alone module – but we would always recommend completing the course, where possible, by attending the face-to-face session.

For more information and an update on when this will be available please contact us.