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.
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Discuss the mental health crisis
Why it is essential to consider the role of nutrition/diet in understanding and treating psychiatric illness
Research on dietary patterns and their role in the expression and treatment of mental health problems
Learn ways to improve diet
Understand why in some cases additional nutrients may be necessary in addition to a good diet
Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs
Working with whānau
Working with Māori
Working within communities
Maintaining professional and personal development
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
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