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Smoking and Mental Health

The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership

The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership was established in 2016 following the publication of The Stolen Years: Smoking and Mental Health Action Report, to bring together organisations committed to improving the health and lives of people with a mental health condition through achieving the ambitions set out in the report.

The Partnership, which meets quarterly, brings together Royal Colleges, third sector organisations and academia to review progress and highlight areas for further action. It is co-chaired by Professor Ann McNeill, UKCTAS and Rt Hon Professor Paul Burstow, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. The organisational members of the Partnership are:

Action on Smoking and Health National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training
Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) National Survivor User Network
Association of Mental Health Providers Rethink Mental Illness
Cancer Research UK Royal College of General Practitioners
Centre for Mental Health Royal College of Nursing
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Royal College of Occupational Therapists
College of Mental Health Pharmacy Royal College of Psychiatrists
Fresh: Smokefree North East Smokefree Yorkshire and the Humber
Groundswell UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS)
Improving Performance in Practice (iPiP) Unite in Mental Health / Mental Health Nurses Association
Mental Health Foundation York Mental Health and Addictions Research Group

 

The Stolen Years

In April 2016 ASH published The Stolen Years: Smoking and Mental Health Action Report which highlights the disproportionately high rates of smoking among those with a mental health condition.

Whilst smoking rates have fallen significantly over the last 20 years, they have remained stubbornly high among those with poor mental health and around 1 in 3 cigarettes are currently smoked by someone with a mental health condition.

The report was endorsed by 27 mental health and public health organisations, many of whom have become key Partnership members including The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Rethink Mental Illness.

The ambition of the report, and of the Partnership, is to reduce smoking rates among people with a mental health condition: to 5% by 2035, with an interim target of 35% by 2020 and it sets out clear recommendations for the action needed to make this a reality.

Cover of The Stolen Years report

Useful Resources:

Launch of the Stolen Years report - Parliament, April 2016
Launch of the Stolen Years report - Parliament, April 2016

More images of the launch available here.

 

 
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