Become aware of opportunities to talk about tobacco use and have practical ways for starting conversations about quitting tobacco.
Develop an Understanding
Understand what motivates someone to consider quitting tobacco. Understand their readiness to take action. Learn active listening skills.
Learn HOW to Help
Help people who have an interest in quitting by offering referrals, information and self-help resources.
Tobacco use has unfairly burdened persons with mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders. You can become an important part of the solution to this problem. Helpers for Behavioral Health was designed at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Our goal is to help behavioral health staff become better equipped to help persons who are interested in stopping or reducing their tobacco use.
Participating in the Helpers program empowers behavioral health staff to become more comfortable, knowledgeable, and skilled in helping persons who are interested take steps towards stopping their tobacco use. Get support and share your efforts with other behavioral health professionals by participating in our community.
By following the steps, you advance in your learning and boost your resources as a Helper. By completing steps one and two, you will earn your Helpers Training Certification. You can then pursue your interests by signing up for one of our Mini-Courses to earn additional certificates.
Dr. Muramoto is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Myra is an internationally recognized leader in research on reducing the harms caused by tobacco use and has been the recipient of numerous grants to study the impact of the Helpers Program to empower concerned persons to offer help and assistance to persons interested in quitting tobacco.
Tim is a Senior Research Nurse at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Tim directs the training team for the Helpers Program. He has two decades of experience creating and evaluating training models for community based tobacco control projects including the development of adapted training for behavioral health providers.