SRN Director’s keynote speech at CFHS event

5th September 2012

Simon Bradstreet, SRN Director, delivered a keynote speech at the Community Food and Health Scotland’s (CFHS) summer networking event, ‘Mind the MenuCommunity Food Work Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing’.

This event provided over 60 participants representing a range of organisations from across Scotland with opportunities to explore, share and exchange ideas around the role food initiatives can play in supporting mental health and wellbeing. The programme featured keynote speakers, workshops, mapping exercises and a range of networking activities.

Simon spoke about the work of the SRN and the role of food in promoting recovery. He revealed that the stories of  people with lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery (gathered as part of the SRN’s Narrative Research Project and wider story sharing work) often identify food as an important factor in their recovery journey. Several people have emphasised the role of food in planning wellness; their changing mood and behaviour in relation to food; as well as the negative impact of junk food. Simon also spoke about food as a key tool for providing daily structure, making connections and community links and the potential knock-on effects of placing attention on food.

A short report from the Mind the Menu event including feedback from the day is available here.