Food and Mood: How to Support Mental Health Through Nutrition (Pilot Course)

Mental health and nutrition are often discussed in isolation, but they have many connections to one another. If you support clients to improve their mental health and wellbeing and would like to be more comfortable talking to them about the ways food influences mood, this course may be for you.

This is a pilot of an online learning course for mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about the role that nutrition plays in mental health. Topics covered include:

  • How specific foods influences brain and mental health
  • Social factors, weight bias, common medication impacts, and alcohol and tobacco use
  • Strategies to mitigate these impacts such as the non-diet approach, steps to discussing nutrition, and when to make referrals

The course was developed by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and in consultation with mental health and nutrition professionals across Canada. As a novel educational resource, the Food and Mood course is being evaluated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University. This means that, if participants give their consent, data collected from the course will be analyzed for evaluative and quality improvement purposes.

This course is self-led, free to access and will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete.

Upon completion of the course you will be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

To begin this course click this button:

Food and Mood Course


For Further Information

Call the Nutrition Program: (807) 625-5900

or toll-free 1-888-294-6630

Last Updated: 04/05/2021