Nutrition & Mental Health

CPD Accredited Short Course

Unlock the fascinating links between our diet and the functioning of the brain and nervous system. Learn how to use this developing science to manage common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, with a few safe and simple dietary changes.

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Nutrition & Mental Health
a deep dive, in a short course.

Learn the close relationship between our diet, our brain, and our nervous system.

Here is what you will learn on this fascinating programme:

  • The relationship between diet and the structure of the brain - from regulation and maintenance through to improving the health of key structures in the brain and nervous system. We will explore the ways in which nutrition can influence this positively and negatively.
  • How nutrition influences and regulates functioning of the brain and nervous system - the brain and nervous system are a physiological system and as such have very specific nutritional needs to function properly. Even a slight deficiency in one or two key nutrients can have a life changing influence on our mental health. We will explore this relationship in great detail, with practical advice that people can implement immediately to start feeling much better, much faster.
  • How things go wrong in the nervous system and how nutrition can be used as a tool to regulate this - this is an extension of the last subject. We will explore the physical and chemical changes that occur in the brain and the nervous system in issues such as anxiety and depression, and how nutrition can directly influence our physiology and biochemistry, and how we can use this knowledge to our advantage to use diet as a tool for self management of these issues.
  • How to devise diets and dietary strategies to support numerous mental health issues that can form a key part of a persons self care - this is ultimately what this course is about. We look at the scientific basis of everything we have just learned and then translate this into an action plan. After this course you will be able to guide and advise on how individuals can make changes to their diet to directly target their issues. This offers a powerful and safe tool in the individuals self care armoury.
  • Use online lectures, written material, recorded talks, case study assignments and meal planning exercises to put learning into a real World framework - our mixed media methods of teaching and assessment mean that this course it is suitable for all learning styles, and that you get an applied knowledge of the subject that enables you to give grounded, safe, ‘Real World’ advice.

Who Teaches The Course

From World leading researchers and academics through to practicing medics and nutritionists. The teaching staff on this short course will give you a deep level understanding of the role of nutrition in mental health and importantly,  will show you how to use this knowledge to support your self, patients, clients, and colleagues. 

Dale Pinnock

A practicing nutritionist with over 30 years experience, and Sunday Times best selling author of 19 books. He is also a regular spokes person for health and nutrition on UK TV and Radio, with regular appearances on ITV’s ‘This Morning & Lorraine’. Dale also co hosted ITV’s hugely successful series ‘Eat Shop Save for 5 seasons. Dale has a BSc in Human Nutrition and an MSc in Nutritional Medicine from the University of Surrey. The whole focus of his career being how to apply the science of nutritional medicine to the preparation of food, Dale earned the moniker ‘The Medicinal Chef. Dale is the founder of The Culinary Medicine College’.






Dr Alex Richardson

Alex is a world-renowned researcher, educator, speaker and published author; and Founder Director of the UK-based charity, Food and Behaviour (FAB) Research. Based at the University of Oxford for 30 years, the impact of her 90+ publications puts Dr Richardson in the top 3% of academic researchers worldwide. She is best known for her research into how nutrition (and particularly fatty acids) can affect behaviour, learning and mood, as her pioneering clinical trials were the first to show that dietary supplementation with omega-3 (and omega-6) fats can improve behaviour and learning in children with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and related conditions; and that this approach may also help many other children without such diagnoses. She also published some of the earliest reports of successful nutritional approaches to both depression and schizophrenia in young adults, which have subsequently been confirmed and extended by others. Her work has always been highly inter-disciplinary and collaborative, involving several large-scale collaborative programmes that include studies of epidemiology, genetics, brain imaging, biochemistry and nutrition as well as physiological and psychological functioning.

Dr Gemma Newman

Gemma has worked in medicine for 18 years and is the Senior Partner at a family medical practice where she has worked for 14 years. She studied at the University of Wales College of Medicine and has worked in many specialities as a doctor including elderly care, endocrinology, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, psychiatry, general surgery, urology, vascular surgery, rehabilitation medicine and General Practice. She gained additional qualifications in gynaecology and family planning. She is a founding member and ambassador for PBHPUK and a member of BSLM

Further Information

  • Who is this course for - Mental Health First Aiders, Nutritionists, Nurses, Doctors, Mental Health Practitioners
  • How is the course taught - written material, video lectures, and audio downloads
  • How are students assessed - an online exam and two detailed written assignments. 
  • How much does this course cost - £375 payable as one single payment. 
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