Smoking and mental health

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Julia Ives

Annette Bolderstone (biography)

Debbie Batstone (biography)

Academic support
Patricia Ryan-Allen

Title of the proposal

Does using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in a group setting for people with severe mental illness (SMI) have a positive impact on smoking cessation uptake?

To what extent does MI used in a group setting impact on smoking cessation for people with severe mental illness?


Motivational interviewing in a group setting improves the uptake of smoking cessation services for people with severe mental illness.

The objectives

  • To provide a three session group for people with SMI utilizing MI skills to work specifically on issues of ambivalence and lack of motivation in stopping smoking.
  • To develop a group intervention using Motivational Interviewing that facilitates access to local smoking cessation services, and which can be provided as core intervention which is integrated with local smoking cessation resources within the primary care setting.
  • To improve uptake of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) in the local community through attendance at smoking cessation related clinics, drop-ins and structured groups in the local community.