Summary

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in people with severe mental illness (SMI).

Although smokers with SMI want to quit, tailored interventions are rarely delivered in practice.

Quitlines are well placed but underutilised by this group.

“Quitlink” will utilise peer workers within mental health services to engage smokers with SMI in a tailored Quitline intervention.

We will also qualitatively examine facilitators and barriers to cessation in order to improve future interventions.

Funding body

National Health and Medical Research Council

Scheme name

Project Grants

Years funded

2018 – 2022

Lead institution

University of Newcastle