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Lecture Overview

Fascinating research is challenging the paradigm that poor mental health can cause a poor diet. However, we are now beginning to also understand how better quality diets can improve a person’s mental health and perhaps even prevent mental health conditions. This eye-opening talk from Geoff Ahern will have you in a good mood in no time.


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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.




100 Total Rating(s)

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Dianne Walsh
16 Mar 2019

This resource was empowering to know that research is showing that in some cases there is a strong link to our gut microbiome and our mental health. A 40 per cent link between food and depression has been shown. We now know that 90 per cent of serotonin is made in the gut and many inflammatory responses come from the gut. This was a great presentation to encourage clinicians to begin the conversations of mind and gut connection with our clients.

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Deborah Sims
11 Mar 2019

I found this resource to be very well presented and reinforced the direct relation between brain and gut health. It was clear and easy to understand. Most informative.

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Susan Mayne
04 Mar 2019


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Lauren Bannan
14 Jul 2018

I enjoyed this lecture and will implement the knowledge in my everyday.

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Emma Louise Willcox
11 Jul 2018

Very interesting.

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Stacey Wicks
07 Jul 2018

Very informative, I really liked how he added in his personal lifestyle changes and he kept me intrigued throughout. Now to make some changes of my own.

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Erin Farquharson
28 Jun 2018

Very interesting. Really changes the way you think. 10/10 would recommend.

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Erin Farquharson
28 Jun 2018

Very interesting. Really changes the way you think. 10/10 would recommend.

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Udo Hoffmann
23 Jun 2018

Another well presented lesson by Geoff Ahern.

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Charmain Hatch
18 Jun 2018

Very interesting topic