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

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

What a Car Accident Taught me about Pain and Community

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A summer day turned into the scariest day of my life Saturday 23rd December 2017 was a beautiful summer day in Melbourne. I was about to experience my first Christmas in summer, and my fiance had decided we would get ourselves some nice food from our favourite Italian supermarket. That morning he wanted to take the car, but I insisted … Read More

How to Deal with Lockdown Fatigue

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How Can We Deal With Lockdown Fatigue? If I never hear the words; lockdown, close contact, primary contact, secondary contact, household contact, community cases, vaccine hesitancy, contact tracing, robust data, outbreak, Delta variant, it will be too soon. All of Australia has had a taste of lockdown by now, but for Melburnians this is lockdown number five, which equates to more than … Read More

Ghosts of a Lockdown Past: Stories of Melburnians in a Post-Isolation World

Shaelyn Camillerimental health2 Comments

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After seven months of ‘lockdown’, Melburnians are now finally starting to get back to the things and people they love. Many are rejoicing, and so they should! It’s safe to say lockdown was tough for all of us. Losing loved ones, relationships, jobs, social interaction, holidays and housing; lockdown proved challenging, to say the least. The recent easing of restrictions has provided a light … Read More

How do you Know if Someone has High-Functioning Depression?

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Depression. For most people, images of endless weeping in the corner of a dark room following a major tragedy spring to mind. In reality, depression can look very different across each person experiencing it. Let’s say you have a work friend who confides in you they’re struggling and think they may be depressed while somehow still smashing their KPI’s, organising … Read More