Call for Evidence: Helping People with Severe Mental Illness to Stop Smoking

The Mental Health Consortium (Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, and Rethink Mental Illness) with Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Friends, Families and Travellers, Men’s Health Forum, the National LGB&T Partnership and Race Equality Foundation, have been commissioned to investigate how to best support people severely affected by mental illness to stop smoking.

The project, which is funded by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, will report on current and emerging positive practice, and it will make recommendations about interventions that show promise in reducing the physical health inequalities faced by people with severe mental illness , such as preventable conditions like cardiovascular, respiratory and some cancer by way of example. (By severe mental illness, we mean psychological problems that are often severe enough to seriously limit someone’s ability to work and to do day-to-day activities. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, enduring psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders).

We are now seeking evidence from people and organisations from all sectors who are willing to share their knowledge, experience and understanding. We are interested in all kinds of work in this area, especially:

  1. first person accounts about help to stop smoking for people with severe mental illness both from people with experience of SMI and working with this issue; and
  2. strategies and interventions that have been put into practice, with or without success.

All submissions will be gratefully received and will help to inform this project’s recommendations.

Key areas of interest

  • What strategies and interventions have been tried already?

We would like to hear about any schemes for helping people stop smoking that have been developed for people with severe and enduring mental illness, especially those that have been put into practice. These could be based in the community, voluntary sector, local authority or the NHS. What was the thinking behind them? What difficulties did they run into, if any? What were the outcomes?

  • What experiences have people with severe and enduring mental illness had with interventions to help them stop smoking?

We would like to hear about what people with severe mental illness want from schemes for stopping smoking. Have they experienced any particularly good or bad interventions? Do they have additional needs that aren’t being met by mainstream services? What have they, or would they, find most helpful?

  • What additional barriers do people with severe and enduring mental illness encounter when stopping smoking?

We would like to hear about challenges faced by people on account of their mental health when it comes to stopping smoking. How do severe and enduring mental illnesses affect someone’s ability to stop smoking? Do people with severe mental illness experience additional problems accessing and adhering to the services?

How to send us evidence

We welcome evidence in a range of formats. Written submissions should be no more than 3,000 words in total and can be accompanied by any supporting data, documents, web links or videos.

The deadline for submission is 16 December 2019

Please send evidence to submissions@centreformentalhealth.org.uk

Please ensure you give us your name, organisation (if relevant) and contact details, indicating if you would like us to treat your evidence anonymously.

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this project, please get in touch with Emma Bailey at emma.bailey@centreformentalhealth.org.uk or Dania Hanif at dania@amhp.org.uk

Author: National LGB&T Partnership

The National LGB&T Partnership is an England-wide group of 10 LGB&T voluntary and community organisations who are committed to reducing the health inequalities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. The Partnership aim: o To ensure that tackling the health inequalities experienced by LGB&T people is kept high on the government’s agenda o That best use is made of the experience and expertise found within the LGB&T voluntary and community sector o To support the sustainability of the LGB&T sector so it can engage with government and statutory bodies, such as the Department of Health, at a strategic level to improve service delivery The Partnership complements the work of The Consortium of LGB&T VCOs by having The Consortium is an executive member of The Partnership and responding to key areas of policy development that affect LGB&T individuals as well as policy that impacts on our sector. Since inception, The Partnership has responded to a vast number of government and Department of Health white papers and consultations of relevance to the LGB&T sector and its communities as a Strategic Partner to the Department of Health, which gives us a platform and opportunity to influence positive changes for LGB&T people and reduce health inequalities in public services.

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