What Everybody Ought to Know About Psychological Health & Safety

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An Expert Starting Point: Psychological Health and Safety – Part 1 It’s been a long time coming, but thanks to a slew of new international standards and updated government regulations, Psychological Health and Safety is now rapidly becoming the area of focus for improving workplace mental health and wellbeing. As a society, it seems we’re finally starting to recognise that … Read More

A First Principles Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing Pt.3 Gut Health meets Brain Health

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In part 1 and part 2 of this 3-part series we discussed the importance of the right fats and oils, and carbohydrates and protein, for brain health. Now we dive into how gut health impacts brain health. Without optimal digestion, and then absorption of ALL these nutrients, we can’t make the best use of them. Although we are all aware … Read More

A First Principles Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing. Pt.2 Carbs + Protein

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How Carbohydrates and Protein Feed Your Brain In part 1 of this 3-part series the importance of consuming omega 3 and 6 fats for optimal brain structure and function was introduced.  The brain’s potential to be a beautifully orchestrated and optimally functioning network can also be influenced by the next two foundation foods: carbohydrates and protein.   Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are the … Read More

A First Principles Approach to Mental Health and Wellbeing. Pt. 1 Nutrition meets Neuroscience

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Over 25 years ago I took a step away from the conventional psychological approach to mental health and wellbeing. When I discovered that nutrition impacts the structure, and therefore the function of our sensitive and sophisticated brain, I decided to walk the road-less-travelled, the road of nutritional neuroscience. Instead of approaching mental wellbeing with a theoretical framework within which to … Read More

Losing Touch: How Lack of Community Primes us for Conspiracies, Conflict and the Coffin

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Take Two Friends and Call Me in the Morning.  There’s a little town in England that’s done a remarkable thing. In a reasonably short amount of time, the township of Frome has been able to reduce emergency hospital admissions by 15%. Meanwhile, hospital admissions in neighbouring towns rose by 30%. What is Frome’s secret life-saving technology?  The local medical practice … Read More

Using Nudge Theory To Improve Health

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Generally speaking, a nudge is a light touch or push used to attract attention or point someone in the right direction. Nudge theory is a way of “offering small clues that support decision-making”. Nudging tries to improve people’s decisions by changing the ways options are presented to them, rather than changing the options themselves or rewarding or punishing people, also known … Read More

The Social Prescribing Revolution is Here

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Nursing one of his beloved daughters to her death at age ten led Charles Darwin to consider the role of suffering and compassion in natural selection. He would later theorise in Descent of Man that sympathy, a word probably closer to what we understand today as empathy, is an instinct even stronger than self-interest. Darwin’s work offers insight as to why the act of suffering together – … Read More

Suicide Prevention Starts With Community

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Suicide. Everyone has different reactions when I mention the word. These reactions include sadness, loss, guilt, interest, anger, surprise, concern, unsure, jokes, laughter, remembrance, and silence. For some, they remember the person they lost. Others talk about suicide with keen interest, perhaps from a philosophical, ethical, social, or personal viewpoint. No matter whom I’ve spoken with, I have found that … Read More

Mind the Gap when you Return to Work

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Getting back into the office offers an opportunity for us to rethink how we socialise with colleagues and make the most of our work relationships. This is our chance to improve our wellbeing as well as how we work in the 21st century. You are what you need. As a human, I miss you. I miss being near you. When … Read More