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The Mental Health and Smoking Partnership: tackling health inequality

Hazel Cheeseman outlines how the partnership group is helping to tackle smoking in mental health

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There are many challenges in mental health services today, but few feel more pressing than finding solutions to the stark difference in life expectancy between the users of these services and the population as a whole.

In recent times there has been a growing movement to address the lack of parity in physical health outcomes, but while smoking rates continue to be double, if not more, among people with a mental health condition we face an uphill battle.

Put simply, smoking is at the core of the health inequalities related to mental health. I am delighted that the Mental Health Nurses Association has become a key ally in the work to find a solution to this terrible inequality.

The evidence is clear that quitting smoking is the single best thing a smoker can do for their health.

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The February/March 2018 #MHNjournal highlights include: - Mother care? Counting the cost of perinatal mental ill health - MHN Editorial Board member, Nicky Lambert is Looking back, looking forward - Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing therapy for medically unexplained symptoms: a case study by Tom Hulme - The Mental Health & Smoking Partnership: tackling health inequality by Hazel Cheeseman - MHN Student Focus: Bethan Cumber on helping to inspire the nurses of the future - Inside the mind of... Jay Watts - Our regular updates from LPO Dave Munday and news from the mental health nursing world, including news of our 2018 support of Nursing in Practice events.