Lauren_A_8446375I qualified as a Mental Health Practitioner in 2013. I found that through my many years of placements and during the course I found I was feeling less hopeful about what I was trying to achieve.

Through various placements and a year of post grad working I felt frustrated and disappointed. I did not feel that I was making much of a difference, neither did I feel I could eventually make any difference if I carried on down this path.

I felt that there was a need for alternatives other than pills or ward admissions in this western society. From my personal research, experience and observation I believed that the root causes of mental illness were being paid no attention.

As well as political and social issues in the western world I couldn’t help noticing how poor our general diet and approach to nutrition was. Food and fitness was always something I had a personal interest in so I observed the impact a variety of diets and lifestyles had on my own lifestyle as well as friends, family and service users. There is a lot of research supporting the impact nutrition has on mental health. After further independent research and observation I decided to embark on a Nutritional Therapist course with a particular interest in mental health and overall wellbeing. In addition to this I studied and registered as a Life Coach and became a certified Functional Food Coach specifically for anxiety and depression. For my very open and honest account of how I ended up here please see How I ended up here