Promoting Mental Health in Your Dietetic Practice – Resources and Practical Tips
Nutrition and mental health has become an emerging and exciting topic. Many healthcare professionals are seeking evidence-based research and practical tips on how to promote mental health wellbeing through nutrition. There is an increasing interest for nutrition professionals to promote mental health as part of their work and practice.
In this session, join Kelly Matheson and Christina Seely, dietitians working in mental health settings, as they share practical insights on how to support clients living with significant mental illness. The first half of the session will be information on common nutritional issues seen in these populations, and current interventions and challenges. The second half will be an interactive group discussion, where participants are encouraged to review real-life case studies, discuss challenging situations and ask questions. Christina and Kelly will also be sharing a collection of their favourite professional and patient resources through an online database, made available to participants attending the session.
About the presenters:
Kelly Matheson (RD/ Clinical Dietitian, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph, followed by her internship program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Kelly’s professional experience has spanned across many areas of Dietetics, including: public health, research, community homecare and Family Health Teams. Kelly has been working as an inpatient clinical Dietitian at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto for 5 years.
Christina Seely (RD/ Clinical Dietitian, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care) graduated from Brescia University College in 2004 and completed her dietetic internship at Hamilton Health Sciences in 2005. She has been a full time clinical inpatient dietitian for Parkwood Institue Mental Health Care (St. Joseph’s Health Care in London ON) since 2006. She was the 2017 recipient of a professional practice award for Excellence in Innovation and Evidence-Based Care.