Winning hearts and minds: smoking and mental health

28 Feb 2023
Paige Cowan-Hall

Winning hearts and minds: smoking and mental health

What is Winning hearts and Minds:

Winning Hearts and Minds is a partnership between C3 and The Burdett Trust to address smoking in mental health units in England. People with mental health conditions are much more likely than others to be smokers. In fact, over 40% of people with a mental health condition smoke, compared to 14%. This puts them at higher risk of heart disease. Winning hearts and minds is working with mental health nurses to help their patients stop smoking. Watch this 2-minute video to learn more about Winning Hearts and Minds.

“Smoking was a bait to get people into healthy conversations-now I realise the therapeutic intervention was the conversation. We need to find better ways of making the conversations happen” – Mental health nurse

Access the toolkit and on-demand learning videos:

We provide a suite of learning material, from our Winning Hearts & Minds toolkit for nurses – designed by nurses for nurses – with useful links to resources, to our on-demand webinars – 25 to 50-minute videos that provide techniques for behaviour change, info on cardiovascular health and more.

Recorded webinars:

Catch up on previous webinars on demand.

  • Supporting Behaviour Change  – this 25-minute webinar will provide knowledge, skills and techniques to effectively encourage and facilitate behaviour change when working with patients. The speaker is Helen Donovan, a nurse leader who has worked with the Royal College of Nursing and is the Chair of the Self-Care forum.
  • The Winning Hearts and Minds roundtable – Watch this 50-minute roundtable where expert panel members discuss how tobacco affects users’ mental health and wellbeing,  the barriers to smoking cessation and ways to support people to quit. Roundtable health professionals: Helen Donovan, Catherine Gamble, Jayen Murden, Hannah Moore, Michaela Nuttall, Debbie Robson, Louise Ross, Mary Yates.
  • Vaping workshop: knowledge, attitudes and confidence Watch this 45-minute workshop to gain a better understanding of the role vaping can play in helping people to stop smoking, with a focus on those with poor mental health. This session was run by Michaela Nuttall RGN Msc and Louise Ross.
  • Cardiovascular disease and mental health – A 30-minute webinar about the relationship between physical and mental health with Joanne Haws RN MSc.
  • Just how does smoking cause blockages in arteries? – A 30-minute webinar about how smoking impacts us physiologically with Michaela Nuttall RGN Msc.
  • Learn how to make the most of the Winning Hearts and Minds resources in this quick 15-minute video!

What do you know about smoking?

Take our quick quiz to test your smoking knowledge!

Get involved:

If you’re a mental health nurse who wants to help their patients stop smoking you can learn more by contacting – nurses that take part in an interview will get a voucher.

Scan the QR code or click here to take our quick quiz and test your knowledge of smoking!

Other helpful resources:

To support nurses’ revalidation C3 has produced a template for nurses to record their learning activities. Click here to access the template.