Launch event for SUSTAIN: Managing hunger side-effects of antipsychotics

Friday, 31 March 2023, 13:00 – 14:30 BST, Online

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket
  • You can book your place here

This study aims to co-develop (with service-users, carers, and mental health professionals), a feasible and acceptable non-pharmacological (non-medication) support package to enhance self-management of antipsychotic-induced hunger.

In 2015, as part of the NIHR CLAHRC GM funding award, the team ran a research prioritisation event with service users, carers, and health professionals which highlighted antipsychotic related hunger as an important issue for those taking the medications.

Whilst mental health professionals were largely focussed on weight-gain, service users identified the underlying issue of hunger side effects as their research priority, with most receiving little help and support in managing this issue.

Antipsychotic medications are the main way that mental health services treat conditions with features of psychosis. We know that about four out of every five people that start taking antipsychotics put weight on very quickly. People can gain two stone in the first 12 months of taking antipsychotic medication and continue to gain weight for at least another 3-4 years.

We also know that weight gain increases people’s risk of developing long-term physical health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. People who gain weight from antipsychotic medication tell us that the hunger they experience is very different to usual hunger, with it being much harder to control. We therefore want to understand more about the experiences of antipsychotic related hunger and how it might be helpfully managed.

This event will introduce the SUSTAIN study, its aims and objectives, its different phases, and how you can be part of it – by taking part, or by helping to spread the word.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in this subject-area, including service users, family carers, mental health professionals, researchers, research administrators, third-sector organisations, and the general public.

You can book your place here

Published by CHARM Greater Manchester

CHARM, the Community for Holistic, Accessible, Rights Based Mental Health was launched by The Organic Recovery Learning Community in September 2020.

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