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AIM

To empower individuals to explore the relationship between diet, nutrition and emotional and mental health, and to share this information with others.


CURRENT ACTIVITIES

Retail of The Food and Mood Handbook, the comprehensive self-help guide to diet, nutrition and emotional and mental health.

Editing, publishing and distribution of Food and Mood, the quarterly newsletter of the Food and Mood Project containing articles, case studies, letters, research news, product information and book reviews.

Research evaulating the self-help approach for improving emotional and mental health through making dietary and nutritional changes.

Maintaining a UK list of nutritional therapists experienced in working with clients with emotional and mental health problems. All nutritional therapists on the project’s list are members of the British Association of Nutritional Therapists (BANT).


BACKGROUND

1998 - 1999Photo of Amanda

The Food and Mood Project is founded by Amanda Geary with a Millennium Award from Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity. Mind Millennium Awards are recognized as an “accolade rewarding imagination, aspiration, achievement” and were granted to enable activities that would not have otherwise been possible, which demonstrated a benefit to the community and which raised the profile of mental health.

2000 - 2001

The Food and Mood Project publishes an evaluation of its work that shows nearly two-thirds of the Project participants had been able to make changes to their diet or use nutritional supplements to benefit their emotional and mental health. A Project report is written giving details of the original six-session programme. The Food and Mood Workbook (now out of print) is published as a record of the Project’s first 18 months containing contributions from Project participants.

Mind undertakes a survey of 550 people with mental health problems. 88% of those surveyed believe there is a link between physical and mental health. Food is confirmed to be an important part of the body-mind relationship. The Food and Mood Project and Mind work together to produce the Mind Guide to Food and Mood and the Mind Meal is launched.

Food and Mood is launched, the quarterly newsletter of The Food and Mood Project containing articles, case studies, letters, research news, product information and book reviews.

The Project continues to receive wide coverage in national and local media including BBC and ITV television news, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Food Programme” and many national and local newspapers and magazines.

The Food and Mood website is created containing the free email Food and Mood support group, and the site continues to be developed.

The Food and Mood Handbook is published by Thorsons.

2002

In-depth research into the self-help approach for improving emotional and mental health through dietary and nutritional changes.

Hosting a national Food and Mood conference in conjunction with Pavilion.

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INFORMATION

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the food and mood project
handbook
the Mind Meal
poster
newsletter
order form
useful contacts
contact us


SUPPORT AND SHARING

support group
find a nutritionist
research volunteers
conference 2002
self-help report