Food is connected with mental health and wellbeing in a number of ways. As well as directly affecting mood, learning to cook and grow food has a positive impact on self-esteem, confidence and can be relaxing. Food preparation and meals are also social events that promote a sense of belonging and overall inclusion.
CFHS has worked with community food initiatives to highlight the impact that work involving food can have on mental health and wellbeing. We have funded training, held events to share practice and information, built capacity around self evaluation and commissioned research and evaluation studies around community food, mental health and wellbeing.
Our plan for 2017/18
There is no specific work planned around this theme for this year, but we will continue to take opportunities to take this forward within our general work with community food initiatives and with our colleagues at NHS Health Scotland, and support, if applicable, through our funding opportunities.