Below are tools and resources related to mental health and smoking. There is also a range of more general resources which can be ordered or downloaded to support health professionals and clients on this site.
Resources by Quit:
- Quit mental health resources: posters, brochures and postcards to inform and assist your clients
- Quit Ask, Advise and Help framework
- Smoking and mental health: a joint report by the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Psychiatrists March 2013
- Supporting smoking cessation: a guide for health professionals: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Start the Conversation: Tools and strategies for health services to address patient smoking
- Guide to a smoke-free life
- Supporting someone with a mental illness to quit smoking
- Smoking and mental illness: a guide for health professionals
- SANE Australia: Smoking and mental illness: fact sheets and guides
The facts: mental health and smoking
In Australia, smoking rates for people with mental health conditions range from 25 to 50% depending on their diagnosis. One of the reasons that rates continue to remain high is that there are many myths that persist about the links between smoking and mental health. It’s important to know the facts about smoking, mental health and how to quit, so that you or your patients will have the best chance of quitting for good.
How to embed smoking cessation support into your organisation
Embedding smoking cessation supports into everyday care for mental health services takes a whole of organisation/service approach.
Supporting your patients to quit
Offering evidence-based support and treatment to your patients with mental health conditions will give them the best chance to quit smoking. Most smokers with a mental health condition want to quit, and with the right supports, can quit successfully.