CMHA-Kings worked in partnership with the Community Health Board and the Nova Scotia Health Authority in 2017-2018.
People who live with chronic mental illness have disproportionately higher rates of smoking (2-4 times more than the greater population) and related chronic illness. Most require increased supports to maintain mental wellness while overcoming their nicotine addiction. We address the modifiable risk factor of tobacco use; it’s normalization; the stigmatization of those living with mental illness; and the gap of effective smoking cessation for this marginalized community. Best practice cessation was delivered through innovative collaboration of peer mentors, community professionals, and healthcare.
Evaluation included pre/post assessments (CO2 levels, nicotine addiction, other health behaviours); participation rates; and measures of attitude, beliefs and practices in health care. Outcomes included smoking reduction/cessation, improved access to and participation in programs/supports, demonstrate efficacy of peer mentoring, and re-orientation of health care.
Please read CDIF Smoking Cessation Final Report for more information on the outcomes and learning of this project.