RCPsych & BSLM Joint Event: A Success!

Recently, we had a groundbreaking joint educational event led by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. The event aimed to explore the connection between lifestyle and mental health through the innovative approach of lifestyle medicine.

It brought together experts from both fields, delving into the latest research findings that highlight the impact of lifestyle factors on mental well-being. Through engaging presentations and interactive discussions, they uncovered the intricate relationship between healthy eating, physical activity, restorative sleep, stress management, avoidance of harmful substances, improving social connections, and their implications for mental health outcomes.

From familiar BSLM faces such as Dr Ellen Fallows, Dr Alex Maxwell, Professor Fraser Birrell, Dr Rupa Joshi, Dr Kate Woolley, Dr Hussain Al-Zubaidi, Vidyamala Burch, and Dr Mihaela Bucur, and other experts from Royal College of Psychiatry such as Dr Trudi Seneviratne, Professor Ted Dinan, Dr Shahnaz Hassan and Dr Charlotte Marriott, it was truly an overdue event that shed light on the implications for training in both psychiatry and lifestyle medicine. We will explore how incorporating lifestyle medicine principles into psychiatric practice can enhance patient care and improve long-term outcomes. It provided truly valuable insights and practical strategies for healthcare professionals seeking to integrate lifestyle medicine into their training and practice.

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Dr Ellen Fallows, who started the first session with her talk, advised her thoughts on the event:

“The joint RCPsych- BSLM event on Lifestyle Psychiatry was a trail-blazing event that brought together the latest research and experts in this promising field – a long over-due start to the huge unmet need for better teaching, research and delivery of well evidenced options to achieve better mental health with options beyond pills”

We also asked the Royal College of Psychiatrists their thoughts on our joint event too:

“It was a pleasure to collaborate on this event with the BSLM. Representatives from the BSLM were so helpful and creative with putting the programme together. Passion for the content was reflected by speakers in a highly engaging programme and presentations.

We have had amazing feedback from the attendees, with some comments as follows:

‘The best course I’ve attended in years’.
‘The speakers were knowledgeable about their subject and passionate which was infectious. I certainly learnt a lot and am eager to learn more.’
‘Excellent conference would like to attend more events like this. Well organised. Wonderfully inspiring speakers. Thank you so much.'”

What a fantastic and important opportunity this event was to be part of a collaborative effort to bridge the gap between psychiatry and lifestyle medicine.