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This May for Mental Health Awareness Month, Legacy will host a special Warner Series Lecture to address a devastating trend in public health.
Research shows that people with mental illness smoke at rates nearly twice as high as the general population (41 percent vs. 22.5 percent, respectively) and nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in the United States are consumed by people with co-occurring psychiatric or addictive disorders. The smoking prevalence rates are even higher (60-80 percent) for those who are diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
Please join us on World No Tobacco Day for a live-webcasted panel discussion addressing how public health experts can work with the mental health system to curb tobacco use among this population.
Chad Morris, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Behavioral Health & Wellness Program
University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Department of Psychiatry
Jill M. Williams, MD
Director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School, Department of Psychiatry
Program Support Coordinator, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, University Behavioral HealthCare and a person managing mental illness