New Booklet Gives Guidance on Diet and Depression

A healthy diet can have a positive impact on mental health, according to recent research from the Mental Health Foundation. The charity has published a new booklet to help you protect your mental health through healthy eating. It is particularly relevant for those recovering from mild to moderate depression and suggests how changes to diet can help improve mood.

The Mental Health Foundation’s easy to read booklet, Healthy Eating and Depression, explains what foods are best to eat and shows how to eat healthily on a budget. Dr Andrew McCulloch, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:

“There is substantial evidence to suggest that positive diet changes may have a beneficial impact upon a person’s mental health. The booklet is a useful guide for professionals wishing to advise patients on how changes to their diet can complement other treatments during recovery.”

For a free copy of Healthy Eating and Depression: How diet may help protect your mental health, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk or telephone 020 7803 1101.

While a healthy diet can help recovery, it should sit alongside other treatments recommended by a doctor.

Did you know? According to the Mental Health Foundation:

  • Between 8% and 12% of people in the UK experience depression in a year.
  • The World Health organisation estimates that by 2020 depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease.

Visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/food-and-mental-health/ for more information about the links between food and mental health. The online resources include recipes, a nutrient table and an interactive guide to which foods may have an impact on particular conditions.

The booklet has been endorsed by the Mental Health Group of the British Dietetic Association.

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