Taking action on smoking and health
ASH Scotland received funding from Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation for a project that initially ran for two years (from mid-2015 to mid-2017) and is now entering a new, third, phase. The IMPACT project (Improving Mental and Physical health: Achieving Cessation Targets) focuses on if/how smoking is addressed by and within third-sector mental health organisations, and aims to raise organisational awareness about the specific links between smoking and poor mental heath. The project has also developed a comprehensive Guidance document, with implementation suggestions for those organisations in order to help them support people with mental health issues who want to stop smoking.
The original IMPACT project consisted of three stages:
A stand-alone website has now been developed, which hosts the IMPACT Guidance pack and additional resources relating to the evidence around smoking and mental health. Please visit https://impact.scot/ for more information.
The focus for the second phase of the IMPACT project (2017-18) was to deliver training around the Guidance pack for community-based mental health organisations across the Lothians. The Scottish Government provided follow-on funding to enable us to do this - and for the third phase (2018-19) we are rolling out IMPACT guidance and training across the rest of Scotland; providing a 'Training for Trainers' course; running Continuing Professional Development sessions for health professionals on the topic of smoking and mental health; and adapting our existing training package to be suitable for in-patient settings.
For further information or to find out more about the project, please contact Linda Bates via email: LBates@ashscotland.org.uk or by telephone: 0131 220 9481.
Action on Smoking & Health (Scotland) (ASH Scotland) is a registered Scottish charity (SC 010412) and a company limited by guarantee(Scottish company no 141711). The registered office is 8 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 2HB.
ASH Scotland acknowledges with thanks the support of the British Heart Foundation and the Scottish Government in developing our website.