Roots to Better Mental Health - why re-connecting with our food can help us to cope.
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the focus is on nature. For most of human history, we have lived as part of nature but over the last few generations many of us have largely withdrawn from that closeness.
Now, science has started to unpack the extraordinary health benefits of re-connecting with the wonders of the natural world around us - and that includes our food. Growing, nurturing, harvesting, cooking and sharing food.
In this discussion we’ll aim to find out about the impact modern life and a global pandemic have had on the mental health of the nation. We’ll explore why re-establishing closeness to the food we eat can be an effective coping strategy and we’ll meet some inspirational practitioners changing lives out there in the (sometime quite literal) field.
We warmly welcome some brilliant speakers to our latest Festival of Thrift discussion including:
Jamie Sadler - Director of Men’s Pie Club, a Movember Foundation funded project developed to increase social connections and feelings of belongingness for men at risk of becoming socially isolated.
Beth Smith - Project Manager at Redcar Palace Hub’s Blooming Youth Collective, a new initiative with food growing at its core, bringing young people together to tackle social isolation and to improve mental health.
Dr. Vincent Deary - Professor of Applied Health Psychology At Northumbria University
Chrissi Kelly - Founder of AbScent, a charity that provides information and support for anyone affected by loss of their sense of smell. Since Covid 19 the numbers contacting the organisation have rocketed.