People with severe and enduring mental health conditions are much more likely to smoke and inhale more aggressively, therefore mortality rates are higher amongst this group. Whilst evidence shows they are just as keen to stop smoking as the wider population, they may have more barriers making a full quit attempt unrealistic.
The Smoking Reduction service is delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. The service offers support to reduce the among of tobacco smoked as well as support to access stop smoking services should a quit attempt be made. Support available includes one-to-one support including home visits if required, access to NRT, group support to help manage moods, eating behaviour and depression management often beneficial for someone reducing the amount of tobacco being smoked.
Clients can self-refer by telephone on 024 7655 2847, however if referred then patients can expect the service to contact them within 48 hours of referral.
Patients eligible for support from this service will be:
- Diagnosed with a severe or enduring mental health condition
- Current tobacco smokers (aged 12+)
- Resident in Coventry or registered to a Coventry GP
Many clients have reduced by 25%, 50%. 75% and even some have quit. This hard to reach group are more open to taking action on smoking as the reduction route in some instances has proven to be more appealing.