Mental Health and Smoking Partnership
Smoking prevalence among people with a mental health condition is higher than the average rate in the general population. The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership aims to address this disparity in smoking rates and ensure smokers with a mental health condition are not left behind as we move towards a smokefree generation.
The Partnership was established in 2016 following the publication of The Stolen Years report. Its aim is to bring together organisations committed to improving the health and lives of people with a mental health condition through achieving report’s ambitions.
The Partnership meets quarterly and brings together Royal Colleges, third sector organisations and academia to review progress and highlight areas for further action. It is jointly chaired by Professor Ann McNeill of UKCTAS and the National Addictions Centre King’s College London, and Professor Paul Burstow, Chair of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Most smokers who have a mental health condition want to quit and it’s vital that the services and support are in place to help them do so. The ambition of The Stolen Years 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. It sets out clear recommendations for the actions needed to make this a reality. The press release can be viewed here.