Mental health dietitians can help you to eat well and develop a positive relationship with food. Good nutrition is important for both your mental and physical health.
Mental health dietitians also work to improve catering and menu planning within mental health settings, such as psychiatric units.
Mental health dietitians work with people of all ages who have mental health conditions. These can include anxiety, bipolar disorder, dementia, depression, drug and/or alcohol problems, eating disorders, learning disabilities, personality disorders, and schizophrenia. Mental health dietitians also work with autistic people.
Your mental health dietitian will work with the rest of your health care team to help you eat well and develop a positive relationship with food. They will use tools and techniques, including behaviour change, motivational interviewing and mindfulness.
Mental health dietitians may provide nutrition education and training for health care professionals. They also develop nutrition resources.
You are likely to see your mental health dietitian work at hospital, in outpatient and inpatient appointments. You may also see them in supported living and day care facilities.
You can also pay to see a mental health dietitian in private practice.