This resource package was developed to address a gap in simple easy to read educational materials to promote healthy eating and physical activity in people with mental illness.
These resources are designed to engage interest and may encourage consumers to seek more detailed information. It can be used to support the delivery of basic nutrition education by non-nutrition mental health professionals (e.g. case managers/support workers/care coordinators) to their community-based patients/clients/consumers.
The package contains resources which are a useful first line of nutrition education. They are designed to support conversations when consumers identify a desire to adopt particular healthier lifestyle habits.
Use of these resources is not designed to replace referral for health professional (Dietetic) services. Rather the resources are intended to enhance effective partnership work between health professionals such as Dietitians and mental health workers to support improved physical health outcomes for consumers living with mental illness.
The pictorial resources have been sourced, adapted (with permission) and/or developed by Dietitians during a project conducted in 2015. Thank you to Neami National, Eastern Health Mental Health (Central East), and Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local (now Eastern Melbourne PHN and Outcome Health) in partnering with Carrington Health to produce this resource package.