Festive food for thought – making time to talk about mental health

‘Food for Thought’ is the focus of our 2018 Christmas video which we have produced in partnership with organic food company, Abel and Cole.

The film shows Ashley, who we support in Ealing, his mum and Certitude staff members Nisha Gharu and Sam Mason baking some fabulously festive mince pies. The idea behind Food for Thought is to create a cookery club for people with learning disabilities to come together and cook in an environment where they feel comfortable.

We have found that cooking from scratch in a relaxed setting provides an excellent opportunity to talk about mental health issues. Sessions take place across 10 weeks and are overseen by our expert support workers and a trained therapist. At the end of each course, everyone is given a pack of 10 healthy new recipes and a list of tailored techniques they can use to support themselves and safeguard their mental health.

After our recent Food for Thought pilot attendees told us they had experienced better overall wellbeing and felt more able to cope with difficult emotions independently. Because of this success we would like to be able to support more people with learning disabilities to explore their mental health and build their resilience, all while learning how to cook delicious, healthy meals.

To do this we need your support because Food for Thought is only possible because of income from fundraising. Our fundraised income means we can change lives through imaginative projects like this and we’re so grateful for all the support we get from generous individuals and organisations all year round.

If you would like to support our Food for Thought programme and support the mental health of people like Ashley, you can donate here

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