CMHA-Kings is working in partnership with the Community Health Board and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
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 will 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 will be delivered through innovative collaboration of peer mentors, community professionals, and healthcare.
Evaluation includes pre/post assessments (CO2 levels, nicotine addiction, other health behaviours); participation rates; and measures of attitude, beliefs and practices in health care. Outcomes include smoking reduction/cessation, improving access to and participation in programs/supports, demonstrating efficacy of peer mentoring, and re-orienting health care.
The program is expected to start soon and we are all very excited.