Food and Mood Workshop

Food has a direct impact on our physical health, but it also plays a significant role in our mental and emotional well-being. The foods we eat can influence our mood, energy levels and brain power.  Food is fuel. Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy life. Food impacts our weight and energy levels, but also our brain and vital organ functions.


In this workshop delivered by Emma Straughan, the Let’s TALK project facilitator for SAMH we will look at the relationship between food and mood, the importance of nutrients to mental wellbeing and tops tips for eating well as well as further sources of support.


Make sure you have booked your ticket for this year’s TPAS Annual Conference to hear from Emma around looking after your mental health. Tickets can be purchased by emailing  More information on the conference and other speakers can be found here.


Emma Straughan is the Let’s TALK Project Facilitator for SAMH. Let’s TALK is a Community Engagement project that uses the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to raise awareness of mental health issues, tackle the stigma around mental health and signpost people to support services. Running for over 5 and a half years now, the project’s success is, in part, due to Emma’s lived experience and helping to empower others to find the means to their recovery and reminding others that self-care isn’t selfish.


Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.  Today, they operate over 70 services in communities across Scotland, providing mental health social care support, addictions and employment services, among others. Together with national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, and physical activity and sport, these services inform SAMH’s policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.