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NRC's 2017 Forum: Let's Talk About Nutrition and Mental Health

November 3, 2017
      
       According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, in any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will personally experience a mental health problem or illness, and by age 40, about 50% of the population will have or have had a mental illness.

       Canadian youth are more likely to face mental health issues than adults and seniors—10 to 20% of Canadian youth experience mental illnesses or disorders.  Many risk factors can affect mental health and well-being, including death of a family member, job insecurity and unemployment, homelessness, physical illness or disability, bullying, substance abuse and more.

       But what about what we eat? How does diet and nutrition impact our mental health and well-being?

      The Nutrition Resource Centre at the Ontario Public Health Association will attempt to answer these questions at its 2017 annual forum: Should We Mind: Why Nutrition Matters For Mental Health. The event is being held November 9th, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

      In a recent NRC podcast on nutrition and mental health, Dr. Drew Ramsey, 
an assistant professor of New York’s Columbia University, explained how more and more evidence is coming out to support the notion that food changes can help people decrease their risk of mental health issues like depression, anxiety and dementia.

      The NRC welcomes forum presenters from the Canadian Obesity Network, Dietitians of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, York Region Public Health and more. Other topics will include the gut microbiome and mental health, the Anti-Depressant Food Score, and food literacy and mental health.

      “The link between diet and mental health is a relatively unexplored area worthy of attention,” says Karen Gough, program manager at the NRC. “Diet is the number one risk factor for chronic diseases, although we haven’t explored how nutrition impacts mental health in detail yet—it’s an important conversation to be having.” 

      This event brings together a range of health and nutrition professionals from various sectors across the Province.  

      For more information about nutrition and mental health, check out our recent podcasts on the topic.
 
 
For more information, contact:
Mary Wales, Communications Coordinator
Nutrition Resource Centre at Ontario Public Health Association
mwales@opha.on.ca

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