Support to Stop Smoking
This booklet has been coproduced with people living with severe mental illness (SMI) as part of our Healthy Together project, which works to support people to live healthier lives.
If we are living with a severe mental illness (for example schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis) we can be more likely to develop physical health problems than the general population. We are also more likley to smoke than the general population. And more likley to smoke more cigarettes than others. We know that everyone’s situation is different. We also know that stopping smoking can feel so hard to do.
This booklet shares the ways in which we can be supported to stop smoking. If you are smoking, and recieving Healthy Together peer support, speak to your peer support worker. Together we can begin to look at how you can plan to stop smoking and achieve this amazing personal and health goal.
There are many benefits of taking the steps that can help us to plan and stick to our quit/stop smoking date, both mental and physical. Importantly stopping smoking helps most of the major parts of our body and breaking the cycle of addiction really does improve our mental health.