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The Connection Between Nutrients, Nutrition and Mental Health

ONLINE WORKSHOP | 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.

This workshop is also available to attend in person - register here.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • 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

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Working with Māori

  • Challenging discrimination 

  • Working within communities

  •  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
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount


You will need

  • Headset and Microphone

  • Built-in laptop camera or attachable webcam device (for laptop or PC)

  • Stable broadband connection 

Minimum System Requirements

  • As a guide, if you are able to Skype or watch online videos (eg: YouTube) from your device, your system requirements should be capable.

Operating System
Windows 7 and above
Mac OS X 10.6 and above

Internet Explorer 7 and above
Firefox - Latest version
Chrome - Latest version
Safari - 5 and above


Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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