Stop smoking support for Sefton residents

Thinking about giving up smoking as part of this year’s Stoptober campaign, but not sure you can do it?

SUPPORT, Sefton’s NHS Stop Smoking Service is encouraging local residents to take part in Stoptober this October, and offering lots of extra support during September to help people prepare for it.

The team are offering anyone living or working in Sefton help, advice and nicotine replacement therapy to help them gradually reduce their smoking during September, in order to get ready to stop for good during Stoptober.

Each year thousands of people across the country take part in the Stoptober challenge and successfully stop smoking for the 28 days of October, and beyond.

Research has found that if a smoker can make it through 28 days smokefree, they are 5 times more likely to quit for good.

The SUPPORT team is made up of specialist nurses and advisors who can offer a wide range of free friendly, non judgemental advice and support, and have already helped thousands of Sefton residents to kick the habit and live longer healthier lives.

They can help you put together a personally tailored stop smoking plan and help you find the best way of stopping smoking for you. They can also provide treatments that will help keep your cravings at bay, and offer ongoing support and encouragement to keep you motivated about reaching your goal.

Colette Kearney, stop smoking coordinator for the Sefton SUPPORT team explains: “We find that many smokers are desperate to quit the habit, but it can be really hard to do, especially when you try to do it on your own.

“This Stoptober we want to give Sefton residents the best possible chance of succeeding at stopping smoking, and would urge anyone considering quitting to take full advantage of the extra support we are offering during September to help get them started.

“No one likes to take on a challenge if they think they might fail, but the good news is that by using an NHS Stop Smoking Service like ours, you’re 4 times more likely to successfully quit – and to stay smokefree for good, so please, please pick up the phone and get in touch with us on 0300 100 1000.”

To find out more about the Sefton SUPPORT team, or get an appointment at your nearest drop in clinic, call Healthy Sefton now on 0300 100 1000 or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk.

For more information on Stoptober or to sign up to take part in the challenge, visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree.

No Smoking Day 2016

Smokers in Sefton are being encouraged to kick their habit for this years ‘No Smoking Day’, Wednesday 9 March.

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, is supporting the British Heart Foundation’s campaign to help smokers quit by creating a supportive environment and highlighting the help that is available.

Smoking increases the risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions such as cancer, heart disease and strokes; and is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Since it’s inception in 2001, Sefton SUPPORT have helped thousands of local residents to quit smoking and live longer, healthier lives.

No Smoking Day in Sefton is aiming to inspire smokers to set their quit date, stub out their last cigarette and access the available across the borough. According to Public Health England smokers are four times more likely to quit for good with the advice, support and medication on offer at NHS Stop Smoking Services.

Sefton SUPPORT offer drop-in sessions across the borough, six days a week. No appointment is needed and clients can receive free one to one support from one of the team’s expert advisers and nurses.

Smokers are asked to call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 to get started and to find out the times and venues of their local stop smoking clinic.

The team will also be on hand at the May Logan Health Centre in Bootle, on No Smoking Day, between 9am and 12pm. So why not make 9th March 2016 the day you kick the habit for good!

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For more information or support to quit smoking contact Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk. You can also follow @SeftonSupport and #NoSmokingDay on Twitter to keep up with the action.

Smoking, Stress & Mental Health

Debunking the misconceptions between Smoking & Stress

4th February marks ‘Time To Talk’ Day 2016.  A national initiative that hopes to tackle the stigma around mental health, and end the misconceptions around it.

1 in 4 of us live with mental health conditions in the UK, with some sufferers using smoking as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety. In fact, most smokers of all backgrounds tend to think of their habit as a “stress relief”.

But according to NHS Choices, the idea that cigarettes relieve stress is a complete myth. And smokers are actually more likely to develop mental health issues, like depression or anxiety disorders, than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

Scientists think it’s because smokers confuse the ability of cigarettes to abolish nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on their mental health.

Smokers tend to feel irritable, anxious and down when they haven’t smoked for a while and these unpleasant feelings are temporarily reversed when they light up a cigarette. That creates the impression that the cigarette that has improved their mood, when in fact it’s just temporary relief from psychological disturbances that were caused by smoking in the first place.

Studies show that people’s anxiety, depression and stress levels are lower after they stop smoking when compared with those who carry on smoking and that their quality of life and mood improves. Also, the improved levels of oxygen in the body means that ex-smokers can concentrate better.

Sefton SUPPORT are encouraging local smokers to begin the fight against mental health conditions by quitting smoking.

Sefton SUPPORT are the local NHS Stop Smoking Service and have helped thousands of people to quit and live longer healthier lives. Their drop-in clinics run across the borough 6 days a week, and offer a chance for smokers to get specialist NHS support to quit. To find your local clinic here at the Healthy Sefton website, or call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

Follow Sefton Support on Twitter by clicking here, and Facebook by clicking here.

You can join the conversation on Time To Talk  by searching the hashtag #TimeToTalk on Twitter and Facebook.

Sefton SUPPORT eBulletin

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, have released the November edition of their “Stop Sefton Smoking” eBulletin.

The online newsletter includes a review of Stoptober, the national 28 day quit challenge. It also includes Christmas saving tips, news on World COPD Day and Movember, as well updates on stop smoking clinic times.

Click here to view the eBulletin in your browser.

Alternatively, e-mail Michael.Killen@LiverpoolCH.nhs.uk to be put onto the mailing list.