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COPD, Mental Health and Smoking: What are the facts?

12 Jun, 2018

The Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007 National Survey of Mental Health indicates there is a link between anxiety, depression and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). One in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some time in their life. On average, one in four people will experience anxiety. For people who live with COPD these figures can be higher due to factors such as the impact of living with the disease or side-effects of their medicines.

If you or a loved one are living with COPD, the Lung foundation has a fact sheet detailing some helpful strategies and tips. Click here: COPD, anxiety and depression.

Smoking is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including COPD, and people with mental illness are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those in the general population. In fact around 32% of people with mental illness smoke cigarettes as compared to 18% in the general community. Dealing with boredom or stress are commons reasons people find it hard to quit smoking, and so continue to smoke.

Sane Australia has many resources to help people with mental illness quit smoking. Click here: Sane Australia Facts and Guides

If you are interested in the prevalence and interventions relating to a specific mental illness, The Cancer Council of Australia has released a comprehensive fact sheet. Click here: Smoking and mental health

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