Addressing Tobacco Use and Mental Health Challenges in Pregnant Individuals: Part 1
Original Air Date: July 20, 2023 @ 2-3 PM ET
Pregnant and postpartum individuals with mental health (MH) challenges who use tobacco encounter stigma and shame. As a result, these individuals are likely to experience avoidable and unjust disparities in care, exposing them to high risk factors and safety concerns.
Systems and clinical-based approaches, such as peer support services, can be an empathetic solution to offer support for pregnant and postpartum individuals with co-occurring MH challenges and tobacco use disorder. Furthermore, educating behavioral health care systems to implement policy changes in tandem with supportive services can offer long-term and concrete solutions that benefit these individuals.
Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control, at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, on Thursday, July 20, 2-3 p.m. ET, for Addressing Tobacco Use and Mental Health Challenges in Pregnant Individuals, the first of our two-part webinar series. This webinar will highlight tangible case studies while discussing and analyzing strategies to support pregnant individuals with MH challenges who use tobacco.
By joining this webinar, you will:
- Understand the risk and safety factors among pregnant individuals with co-occurring MH challenges and tobacco use disorder.
- Learn about systems and clinical-based support services and policies that can benefit pregnant individuals with MH challenges who use tobacco.
- Identify strategies that can assist individuals in overcoming key barriers.
Rebecca Richey, Psy.D., Clinical Director, Colorado Women’s Collaborative Healthcare
Don’t forget to register for Part 2 of this series on Thursday, August 17, 2 p.m. ET!
This webinar was brought to you by the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control:
- For information about utilizing mental health medications during pregnancy:Psychiatric Disorders During Pregnancy (womensmentalhealth.org)
- Try SmokefreeMOM. This text message program gives 24/7 support to pregnant women. Enter your child’s due date to receive customized messages that match
where you are in your pregnancy. Then, choose your goal of the program: to quit
smoking or receive messages on smoking and health. You have the option to
receive support even if you’re not yet ready to quit permanently. Sign up online or
text MOM to 222888 to join now.
- Join the Smokefree Women Facebook page. Women who have quit, or are trying to quit, offer one another advice and inspiration.
- Make your phone your quit buddy. Download quitSTART or QuitGuide, Smokefree’s
free smartphone apps. Track your cravings by time and location to help you see
patterns so you can stay in control. They also have ways to see your progress and
fun distractions to keep you from having a slip.
- Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak with a quit smoking counselor. Get information and
encouragement or referrals to local programs.
- Log on to LiveHelp, an online chat service, available Monday through Friday 9:00am- 9:00pm Eastern