Food for Thought - Why Nutrition is Integral to Good Mental Health
Considered one of the biggest developments in medical research, this session introduces the revolutionary concept of the relationship between gut health and mental health. Geoffrey Ahern gives some practical examples of how making very small changes to your diet can have a profound impact on your mental health and overall wellbeing.
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.