What foods make us happy? Scientists are discovering a proven link between what we eat and how we feel. Rachel Kelly, bestselling author and mental health campaigner, shares her personal experience of harnessing the power of food to stay calm and well.
Rachel will be discussing her new book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food with Dr Pratima Singh, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley hospital. Dr Singh is on a mission to educate the public about the role of lifestyle – nutrition, sleep, and stress management. Like Rachel, she is a believer in a holistic approach to mental health.
Your ticket includes a signed copy of Rachel’s new book, The Happy Kitchen, and a Hendrick’s gin & tonic upon arrival.
About the Panel
Rachel Kelly is a former Times journalist, writer and mental health campaigner: She’s an ambassador for SANE, Rethink and Young Minds. She has has worked with the nutritionist Alice Mackintosh for the last five years and is a believer in how food can influence your mood.
In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and how she has recovered, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression Black Rainbow was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover: her second book on mental illness Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness is an international bestseller and is being published this year in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.
Rachel now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma and educate people about the reality of mental illness. She also runs workshops for mental health charities to share what she has learnt about how to stay calm and well. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, Young Minds and Sane. Her latest book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food was published in January this year and will be published in the US, Australia and Canada later this year.
Dr Singh is a community and adult psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. She works closely with local GPs to plan care for patients who present with mental illnesses. Dr Singh believes that a holistic and functional medicine approach presents an opportunity to address the huge burden of mental health morbidity in the NHS. She is a strong advocate of intensive lifestyle interventions to address chronic mental health conditions and judicious use of psychotropic medication. She is currently undergoing training to develop competencies in the model of Functional medicine.
Event photo by Laura Edwards, taken from The Happy Kitchen by Rachel Kelly and Alice Mackintosh.