A New Approach to Mental Health - Building a Foundation for the Next Generation
Traditional community mental health initiatives focus on managing mental illnesses after the symptoms become apparent. Whilst billions of dollars are poured into these programs every year, the mental health and well-being of the global community is continually getting worse and those diagnosed are getting younger every year. Almost one in seven (13.9%) 4-17 year-olds were assessed as having mental disorders in the previous 12 months.
We, at the Institute, believe educators and parents can build mental and emotional resilience into a child's life with simple strategies around healthy food and drink choices, and establishing healthful sleep routines.
Small changes to hydration, nutrition, sleep habits and sugar consumption can radically improve brain health and improve moods and behaviour. Ensuring that the foundational 'Maslow's Basement' needs are met, builds both mental and emotional resilience and boosts the immune system.
These same foundational strategies will build resilience through the stresses of teenage years and into adulthood.
We believe that early education around building resilience and giving people the skills to manage children's mental health will reduce the incidences of teenage self harm, combat many social dysfunctions and addictive behaviours, and improve community health and well-being.
Mental Health and Emotional Well-being is founded on Nutrition, Hydration and Sleep - FOOD - WATER - SLEEP
Our programs are endorsed by The Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, The Queensland Health Minister, Local Government and the Mental Health and Education Sectors.
Our many FREE training materials are being used by tens of thousands of people in more than 150 countries. New programs and resources are being developed regularly as distribution platforms, information and needs evolve.
Brain Health is without a doubt, the most important aspect of any child's social and cognitive development