I'm continuing to search for and read resources on nutrition and mental health. I feel like I'm just scratching the surface. Here are some links with my comments.
- Nutrition and the Brain -- This entry in the Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders covers the role of macronutrients and key vitamins in brain structure and function. The information is accurate and clearly explained and could easily be adapted for patient/client education. A dietitian's name (Nancy Gustafson, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., E.L.S) is listed at the end but it's not clear if she is the author of this entry.
- Household Food Insufficiency is Associated with Poorer Health (HTML version) (PDF version) -- A Canadian study that examined the relationship between food insufficiency and physical, mental and social health. "Individuals in food-insufficient households had significantly higher odds of rating their health as poor or fair, of having restricted activity, of having poor functional health, of suffering from multiple chronic conditions, of having major depression and distress, and of having poor social support compared with those in food-sufficient households" (boldface text added for emphasis). A valuable evidence-based reference on the impact of food insecurity on health.
- Nutrition and Depression: Implications for Improving Mental Health Among Childbearing-Aged Women -- Unfortunately the full-text article is not available free online (cost is US$31.50) but you may have access to it through your workplace, library or educational institution.
- Food for Thought (PDF) from The National Alliance on Mental Illness and Food and Mood (PDF) from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance -- Practical, empathetic patient/client eating guidelines.