It's never too late to stop smoking with a diagnosed mental health condition.There are a higher number of smokers who also have mental health conditions. You may feel that there's nothing you can do about it but this isn't true. Many people with mental health problems stop smoking, feel better and live longer. You have the same right to help with this as anyone else and your local Quit Squad are here to provide you with support during your quit attempt. We can help with any specific challenges (for example, with medications or communication with the mental health team) and offer behavioural intervention and treatment plans to aid in your quit attempt.
From 1 January 2015, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust became completely smokefree. This means smoking is not permitted in any premises and grounds owned by the Trust. To support inpatients and outpatients, staff have been trained to become 'champions' to support service users.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists have produced a leaflet for anyone who has a mental health problem and is worried, or just curious about how smoking affects your body; how smoking affects your mental health and how to stop smoking. Click here to go to their website.
**NICE guidance PH48 (http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ph48/resources/guidance-smoking-cessation-in-secondary-care-acute-maternity-and-mental-health-services-pdf) states that “Varenicline and bupropion can be used with caution in people with mental health problems” (p13).