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.
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 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 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).
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