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Six months smokefree!

Earlier this year, our Trust announced plans to go smoke free across all of its sites. Since implementation, we are making strides in our smoke free journey and plan to further embed our approach over the coming months and share our learning with local partners.

The positive health initiative arose after statistics showed adults with mental health conditions die on average 10 – 20 years earlier than the rest of our population. As the largest mental health provider within the Black Country, we have a duty of care in addressing these indicators to help patients, staff and carers lead healthier lifestyles.

Since its introduction, no-smoking signage has been installed in all sites and all job adverts now refer to the no smoking policy. We have also collaborated with Health Exchange in delivering smoking cessation training for staff.

Whilst it’s recognised that further work is needed, our Trust is committed to ensuring patients and staff receive the right support to achieve healthier, smokefree lifestyles.