The Mental Health Consortium (Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, and Rethink Mental Illness) with Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Friends, Families and Travellers, Men’s Health Forum, the National LGB&T Partnership and Race Equality Foundation, have been commissioned to investigate how people with severe mental illness can be better supported to stop smoking and/or manage their weight.

The project, which is funded by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, will report on current and emerging positive practice, and it will make recommendations about interventions and ways of working that show promise in reducing the physical health inequalities faced by people with severe mental illness, such as preventable conditions like cardiovascular, respiratory and some cancer by way of example. (By severe mental illness, we mean psychological problems that are often severe enough to seriously limit someone’s ability to work and to do day-to-day activities. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, enduring psychotic disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders).

We are now seeking evidence from people and organisations who are willing to share their knowledge, experience and understanding. We are interested in all kinds of work in this area, especially:

  1. first person accounts about stopping smoking/weight management from people with experience of living and working with this issue; and first person account from people with severe mental illness on stopping smoking/their weight management
  2. strategies and interventions that have been put into practice, with or without success.

All submissions will be gratefully received and will help to inform this project’s recommendations.

More information about the stopping smoking call for evidence

More information about the weight management call for evidence

How to send us evidence

We welcome evidence in a range of formats. Written submissions should be no more than 3,000 words in total and can be accompanied by supporting documents, web links or videos. The deadline for submission is 16 December 2019

Please send evidence to

Please ensure you give us your name, organisation (if relevant) and contact details, indicating if you would like us to treat your evidence anonymously.

Any questions?

If you would like to know more about this project, please get in touch with Emma Bailey at and/or Dania Hanif at