Yesterday, PEERS’ Tobacco Freedom support group met to celebrate the end of the 12-month grant that funded this program. Led by facilitators with tobacco recovery and mental health experience, Tobacco Freedom featured a combination of the Chad Morris tobacco cessation program with support groups — a unique approach to integrating anti-smoking materials with mental health concepts and practices.

Did you know? Mental health consumers smoke at twice the rate of the general population. Smoking is the leading cause of death for people with mental health challenges.

This program is on the frontlines of addressing this critical concern. We hope to continue smoking cessation support groups in the near future. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to hriemer@peersnet.org for information about tobacco presentations that educate participants about the dangers of tobacco use and the correlation between smoking and mental health.