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TALKWORKS and OneSmallStep can help smokers quit

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Mental health, News, Recovery and wellbeing on 22nd October, 2021

A lot of people don't think there is a link between smoking and mental health, yet research shows that this is not the case. Smoking plays a major role in life expectancy, and those who give up smoking are able to enjoy a better quality of life after making the decision to quit. Smoking is often also used as a form of stress-relief. While the short term it may appear to help you relax, in the longer term it actually leads to an increase in stress and anxiety, because smoking can cause you to become addicted to nicotine.

Smokers often find that when they start to crave cigarettes they can then suffer from the withdrawal symptoms and side effects of smoking. These cravings increase stress-levels and can also cause a heightened sense of anxiety and low mood.

TALKWORKS have a team of trained therapists who can provide more information on the relationship between smoking and mental health. TALWORKS therapists can also support people to manage any stress or anxiety they may be experiencing around quitting smoking, and point them in the direction of support services such as OneSmallStep who can give free confidential advice and support to help people quit for good.

OneSmallStep can be contacted by calling 01392 908139 or by emailing hello@onesmallstep.org.uk. Their advisors will provide up to 12 weeks of support and also provide Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), such as gum and patches, to help with withdrawal symptoms. Weekly support sessions will help keep you on track and your advisor will talk you through various coping mechanisms, tips and tricks to make things easier. 

To find out more about OneSmallStep and how the advisors help people on their quit journey, read Denise's "A Day in the Life" story.

Earlier this year Rupert used TALKWORKS and was then referred to OneSmallStep. He shares his story on how giving up smoking has improved his wellbeing. Rupert said:

“My TALKWORKS therapist asked me early on if I smoked and then how much I smoked. They then went on to tell me how quitting smoking may help with my mental health. Before this conversation, I wasn’t thinking of giving up smoking - it wasn’t on my agenda. I was thinking I might give up in a few years’ time, but then it made me think, let’s give it a go! I had got to a stage where my smoking was more habit and a comfort blanket that helped me when I felt anxious and depressed. I didn’t enjoy smoking but I thought it helped me keep my mind off feeling stressed. It felt like a good change to make to my lifestyle.

"I am now over 3 month’s smoke-free. I have noticed I have saved money, and have become less stressed and anxious. I feel quitting smoking has had a positive impact on my mental health, and I’m pleased I took up the offer to be referred to OneSmallStep when my TALKWORKS therapist mentioned it”.

If you, or someone you know is stressed at the thought of quitting, self-refer to TALKWORKS via their website or call 0300 555 3344.

For those people seeking help in the Torbay and Plymouth areas, please contact the services below:

  • Torbay: Healthy Lifestyles Team on 0300 456 1006
  • Plymouth: One You Plymouth on 01752 437 177

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