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Key ideas and principles

Key ideas and principles
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Dietary intake is one of the key modifiable determinants in the complex mix of biopsychosocial factors impacting mental and brain health.

This week we unpacked the statistics on diet and mental health. We learnt that diet and mental disorders are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world.

Research points to a link between diet quality and mental health. It appears the better diet quality is, the better mental health states are.

So this week, we explored the foundations for both mental health and diet. A basic knowledge of these concepts will be useful in the coming weeks to better understand the relationship between diet and mental health.

Your task

Take a moment to reflect on your own thoughts about mental health. What does good mental health mean to you?

Take or find an image that best represents your understanding of good mental health.

Post your image on the Good mental health Padlet wall. If you are unfamiliar with Padlet, read more on this resource here.

Consider using Padlet as your own resource for storing and sharing information.


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