Friends are Key When it Comes to Helping Those who are Mentally Ill Stop Smoking

Friends who are former smokers themselves are apparently the key to helping those who have a serious mental illness to kick their smoking habit once and for all. They have noted that people who have serious mental illness usually live 25 years less when compared to those who do not suffer from any condition. Smoking is one of the many contributors to this and it is so important that we look into these concerns. If you work in nurse jobs or if you work in the healthcare sector then you will understand this more than anyone.

Those who do work in nursing jobs will know how social interactions and even personal relationships have influenced outcomes for those who have a serious mental illness. They chose to ask 41 people who took part in a smoking cessation treatment to find out who their social contacts were. They also asked them to identify their relationships and even those who they spent the most time with at the weekend as well. They were then asked the group to list five people who have influenced their smoking in the last year and in total, they named friends. When this information was documented, they were then asked to comment on the strength of that relationship and the smoking diagnosis that came with it. A lot of people have hopes that by understanding the conditions and the relationship that they have with smoking, more can then be done to try and give people the help and support they need and this is especially the case for those who suffer from a serious mental condition. This is a serious problem but by the looks of things, more is being done to try and put an end to premature deaths.

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