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The Connection Between Nutrients, Nutrition and Mental Health

Despite the advent of medications and other therapies over the last 50 years, rates of mental illness have been on the rise. Scientists have been uncovering an uncomfortable truth: What we eat is affecting our mental health.



Despite the advent of medications and other therapies over the last 50 years, rates of mental illness have been on the rise. Scientists have been uncovering that what we eat is affecting our mental health. Identify the food choices and dietary patterns serving as risk factors to psychiatric problems, supported by scientific evidence. Discover the recent paradigm shift of using broad-spectrum micronutrients to address these challenges, suggesting an alternative course of action.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Discover current research on broad spectrum micronutrients and dietary patterns in the expression and treatment of mental health problems

  • Learn why it is essential to consider the role of nutrition/diet in understanding and treating psychiatric illness

  • Understand why in some cases additional nutrients may be necessary in addition to a good diet

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

2. Working with Māori

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Professor Julia Rucklidge

BSc, MSc, PhD

Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab. In the past decade, she and her lab have been running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the treatment of mental illness, specifically ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety and stress. Julia has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, given talks all over the world on her work on nutrition and mental health and is frequently featured in the media on her work. She is currently on the Executive Committee for the International Society of Nutritional Psychiatry Research. She has been the recipient of many awards, including the Ballin Award from the NZ Psychologist Society, a Braveheart award for her contribution to making Christchurch a better place to live, and was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her 2014 TEDx talk has almost been viewed 1.5 million times. Having witnessed current conventional treatments failing so many people, Julia is passionate about helping people find alternative treatments for their psychiatric symptoms and being a voice for those who have been let down by the current public healthcare system.


Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six | Catering: Refreshments provided

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