Nutrition & Mental Health

The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health
Julia Rucklidge
TEDx, 2014

7 dimensions of depression, explained | Daniel Goleman, Pete Holmes & more |
Big Think
February 2021

How to optimize your gut and brain bacteria | Dave Asprey | Big Think


Marriage and risk of dementia

Marriage and risk of dementia: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2018;89:231-238.
Andrew Sommerlad, et al.

Being married is associated with reduced risk of dementia than widowed and lifelong single people, who are also underdiagnosed in routine clinical practice. Dementia prevention in unmarried people should focus on education and physical health and should consider the possible effect of social engagement as a modifiable risk factor.

We have to kill the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

Psychiatrist Daniel Amen Answers Brain Questions From Twitter
June 16, 2020

3:19 When I go to bed, very intentionally, specifically, I review what went well today

I feel for you!

5:25 We have to kill the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

You want to become masterful at diaphragmatic breathing

An 11-second breath:
3 s in
1 s hold it
5 s out
1 s hold it

13:20 Genes are not a death sentence.
But they should be a wake-up call.

Amen Clinic


What one skill = an awesome life?
Dr. Shimi Kang

Dr. Shimi Kang is an award-winning, Harvard-trained doctor, researcher, media expert, and lecturer on human motivation. She is the author of the #1 Bestseller, The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into A Tiger (Penguin Books 2014). Her articles appear in major media outlets including the Huffington Post, Psychology Today and TIME Magazine. Dr. Kang is the Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Mental Health and Addictions Program and BC Children’s Hospital.

P. Play
O. Others. Meaningful relationships.
D. Downtime

We do need science as permission to common sense.


Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies

An Evaluation of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies Curriculum at Key Stage 1
Educational Psychology in Practice. Volume 23, 2007 – Issue 1. Page 33-44

Promoting social and emotional development in deaf children: The PATHS project.
Greenberg, Mark T.; Kusché, Carol A.
Seattle, WA, US: University of Washington Press Promoting social and emotional development in deaf children: The PATHS project.(1993)




Schools: the mental health system for 80 % of children

School Nurses Can Be Mental Health ‘Detectives’ But They Need Help
September 3, 2016

Schools function as the mental health system for up to 80 percent of children who need help, according to the American Association of Pediatrics.

School is “where they can feel powerful because they are completely powerless at home.”

The Sources of Strength program

Preventing Suicide With A ‘Contagion Of Strength’
February 25, 2015

“I think we overlook the stress of being social,” says Noah Braunstein, a senior. “Finding that group you fit in with is hard …”

This emphasis on strengths is what Sources of Strength is all about: promoting positive behaviors in teens.

The curriculum is rooted in eight “strengths” – factors that research has shown are protective against suicide risk.

eight strengths: family support, positive friends, spirituality, healthy activities, medical access, mentors, mental health and generosity.

Teens are highly influenced by their peers – social development, peer acceptance and personal identity are all part of growing up. Researchers note that adolescents look to their peers to define acceptable ways to deal with problems.

any sustained effort must include adults talking with kids: making students part of the the intervention and not the target of it.

“The biggest prevention piece that’s out there is connection. When kids feel connected to somebody or their environment they’re going to make fewer risky decisions, “

Preventing adolescent alcohol use

Preventing Alcohol Use with a Voluntary After School Program for Middle School Students: Results from a Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial of Project CHOICE
Prev Sci. 2012 Aug; 13(4): 415–425.
Elizabeth J. D’Amico, et al.

journalistic version:

Do the plan. Follow the plan.

A Coping Plan Can Help Fend Off Depression From Vision Loss
by Patti Neighmond
August 11, 2014

about 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes go on to develop clinical depression.
So Dr. Rovner decided to test a style of psychological therapy called behavior activation. This treatment helps give patients strategies to build on whatever functional vision they have so they can continue their day-to-day activities and carry on an active social life. Rovner wanted to see if the approach would help people with macular degeneration ward off depression.

The results were dramatic: Patients in the study who created a plan and stuck to it cut their risk of depression by more than half, Rovner says, compared to those who received only the talk therapy.

Vision is the primary way sighted people engage in the world, he says. If you can help someone who is losing their sight come up with coping strategies, there’s a good chance you’ll keep them engaged — and keep depression at bad.

“People tend to ruminate on what they’ve lost,” says Dr. Barry Rovner, a geriatric psychiatrist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. “That’s why we say, ‘Do the plan. Follow the plan, not your feelings.’

a just do it philosophy.

Global Health Promotion (journal)

Global health promotion
International Union for Health Promotion and Education.
London : Sage
Impact Factor:0.729
knowledge translation

keywords: preventive psychiatry

Adolescents under rocket fire: when are coping resources significant in reducing emotional distress?
Shifra Sagy and Orna Braun-Lewensohn
Global Health Promotion,  December 2009;  vol. 16, 4: pp. 5-15.

Reviews of evidence: From evidence to practice: mental health promotion effectiveness
Eva Jané-Llopis
Promotion & Education,  March 2005;  vol. 12, 1 suppl: pp. 21-27.

Mental health promotion in public health
Helen Herman and Eva Jané-Llopis
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 42-47.

Mental health promotion works: a review
Eva Jané-Llopis, Margaret Barry, Clemens Hosman, and Vikram Patel
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 9-25.

Supporting families in challenging contexts: the CAPEDP project
Thomas Saïas,
Tim Greacen,
Florence Tubach,
Romain Dugravier,
Estelle Marcault,
Susana Tereno,
Richard E Tremblay,
Antoine Guédeney,
and the CAPEDP study group
Global Health Promotion,  June 2013;  vol. 20, 2 suppl: pp. 66-70.

Implementation and assessment of an early home-based intervention on infant attachment organisation: the CAPEDP attachment study in France
Susana Tereno,
Nicole Guedeney,
Romain Dugravier,
Tim Greacen,
Thomas Saïas,
Florence Tubach,
and Antoine Guédeney
Global Health Promotion,  June 2013;  vol. 20, 2 suppl: pp. 71-75.

The implemention of mental health promotion programmes
Margaret M. Barry,
Celene Domitrovich,
and Ma. Asunción Lara
Promotion & Education,  June 2005;  vol. 12, 2 suppl: pp. 30-36.

Co-morbid substance use behaviors among youth: any impact of school environment?
Mary Jean E. Costello,
Scott T. Leatherdale,
Rashid Ahmed,
Dana L. Church,
and John A. Cunningham
Global Health Promotion,  March 2012;  vol. 19, 1: pp. 50-59.