MIFWA – Tobacco Free

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA

Problem

Smoking rates among people experiencing mental illness is higher than that of the general population. A programme specific to people with mental health issues was sorely needed, with input from specialists in the field. This includes more tailored support for smokers with mental illness who have requested assistance with reducing and quitting smoking.

Solution

Tobacco Free program is an initiative of the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA (MIFWA). Through this program MIFWA aims to support smokers with mental illness who have requested assistance with reducing and quitting smoking. To target this priority group, MIFWA provides mentally ill people with the opportunity to attend a support program over a 8 week period. The Tobacco Free program is individually tailored to the person’s situation and facilitated by peer workers who are also ex-smokers and understand the difficulties of quitting whilst experiencing mental illnesses. Informal Tobacco Free discussion sessions are also conducted to encourage conversation around tobacco issues.

Program

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA- Tobacco Free

Region

North Metropolitan Perth

Category

Non-Government

Source(s) of funding

Mental Health Commission

Target group(s)

Smokers living with a mental illness

Key contact details

Joyce Vidot
Program Manager
Joyce.Vidot@mifwa.org.au
ph: 08 9237 8900
fax: 08 9250 7337

Mental Illness Fellowship of WA

3rd Floor

9 The Avenue, Midland 6056 WA

P.O. Box 1947

Midland DC 6936 WA