During Mental Health Awareness Week, on Wednesday 10 October, we're bringing together a team of experts for an evening of education and inspiration on how nutrition impacts our mental health (speaker details below). From the health of our soil, to gut health, to key nutrients that support mental wellness - you'll leave armed with practical information on how you can take charge of your mental wellness with what you eat.
Many organisations are already doing excellent work throughout New Zealand to get people talking more about their mental health, and encouraging the use of meditation, mindfulness and physical activity. However, one area that is largely being overlooked, is the critical role of nutrition in improving and maintaining mental health. This is going to be a powerful evening that will change the way you think about your mental health.
Net proceeds from the event will go to the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group at the University of Canterbury.
Julia is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Group, running clinical trials investigating the role of broad-spectrum micronutrients in the expression of mental illness.
With over 15 years of experience, Ben Warren - founder of BePure - is one of New Zealand's leading nutritionists and holistic health experts.
Sarah is a bestselling author and founder of IQuitSugar.com. Most recently, she published ‘First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, A New Story of Anxiety.’
Art will be our host for the evening. With a background in exercise physiology and a passion for health and nutrition that has steered him into the health food industry, Art is passionate about improving the state and understanding of mental health in New Zealand.