Delivering a Healthy WA
Smoke Free WA Health

Need help to quit smoking?

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information, including advice, support and information on the best and most appropriate quit medication for you.

Call the Quitline on 13 78 48 (13 QUIT) or visit www.QuitNow.gov.au

Quitline 137848

Make smoking history (external link) has information about quitting.

Quit Coach (external link) is an online, interactive tool to help you quit smoking, giving support before you quit and during the process.

My QuitBuddy (external link) is a personalised interactive free app with quit tips, daily motivational messages and countdown to quitting reminders. It can be downloaded on an iPhone or iPad from iTunes.

Mental health – support for patients/consumers

There is nothing better for a smoker’s health than quitting and there is no evidence to say that having a mental illness means you can not quit.

To support mental health patients to manage their nicotine dependency or to quit smoking, our hospitals and health services will continue to provide access to nicotine replacement therapy and other assistance and education.

Mental health support for quitting

As well as the valuable quitting resources listed in the box to the right, there are many services which specifically support people with mental health needs.

Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA) (external link)

MIFWA provides information and support services to people with mental illness, their carers, families and friends who have an interest in caring for a person with mental illness.

MIFWA hold Talking Tobacco Sessions for those who are interested in talking about reducing their smoking or quitting. There are also ten continuous weekly support programs for those who wish to quit - usually held in Fremantle, Midland, Rockingham and Mandurah.

All programs are evidence based with successful outcomes. All sessions are very informal and lead by trained and friendly staff that have lived the experience and understand the difficulties in giving up while experiencing mental illness. All sessions are free.

Neami (external link)

Neami is a non-government mental health organisation that provides rehabilitation and recovery support to people with mental illness.

Neami run smoking cessation courses for people who experience mental illness.

Contact Neami on 9498 0477 or Horizons on 9495 4500 to find out when the next course is being held.

SANE organisation (external link)

SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness.

SANE provide easy to read publications which are written to help people affected by mental illness to quit smoking and include a guide to a smokefree life with practical step by steps tips for consumers and carers.

To order a copy please visit the SANE Bookshop (external link) or call 1800 18 SANE (7263).

See also:

» Policy guidelines
» Support for carers/family
» For health professionals


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