Below you will find interesting articles, links to research, help and support.

Knowing what foods we should and shouldn’t be eating can be really confusing, especially when it feels like the advice changes regularly. However, evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.

Mind have produce useful information that explores the relationship between what you eat and how you feel, including tips on how to incorporate healthy eating into your life.

Read more about food and mood on the MIND website here

Watch a video about mood and food by MIND here

Current research – gut bacteria, health and disease

In the last few years the role of gut bacteria, health and disease have become increasingly clear but there is still a lot to learn.

There is much research being carried out today in relation to the role of our gut microbiome ( the microorganisms, bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi, and their collective genetic material in each individuals gut) and how this is connected to health and disease, and in particular their interaction with genetics and the immune system in inflammatory bowel disease.

Guts UK have produced a leaflet about the role of our guts with health and disease.

You can download the leaflet here

Professor Jeremy Nicolson, Director of the Centre for Digestive and Gut Health, Imperial College London talks about the importance of the gut in overall health.

View a video here

The gut brain connection – Interesting listening

Dr. Emily Taylor Brown from the University of Oxford talks about why digestive health is so central to our understanding of who we are? How has this changed since the nineteenth century? How did Victorians perceive the gut-brain connection? What does science tell us now?

Listen to a podcast about the above here

Help with what to eat for a healthy gut

Read this interesting article from the BBC about what to eat for a healthy gut here

Help with diet and exercise

Zing Somerset County Council’s healthy eating and physical activity support. It is delivered in partnership with SASP, Sedgemoor and South Somerset district councils. The team comprises of Community Lifestyle Officers who run a variety of programmes across all ages, abilities and locations.

Find more information about Zing Somerset here

Help with diet, eating problems and weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can bring a positive lifestyle; increasing confidence, health and happiness. If you weigh too much or too little it can be bad for your health. It can even cause serious conditions, such as heart disease and cancer. Therefore, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your weight to make sure you stay within a healthy range.

Find help with diet eating problems and weight on the Somerset Health and Wellbeing website

Read more about gut health on our website here

Every Mind Matters has been created by Public Health England, with tips and advice developed with experts and approved by the NHS. It has also been endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Every Mind Matters was created to help you manage and maintain your mental health

Read more here

Urgent support

If you are having thoughts of suicide, are harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it’s important to tell someone.

Find urgent support in relation to the above here

Need help now?

Somerset Mindline – Open 24 hours a day, every day and here for you every step of the way. Find more information about MIND Somerset here

Open Mental Health 24/7 Support – Mental health organisations have come together to provide 24/7 support to adults in Somerset.

Whatever is worrying you – anxiety, debt, employment, housing, low mood, addiction etc. Open Mental Health is there to help you.

Open Mental Health provides access to specialist mental health services, housing support, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities and exercise.

24 Hour support line: 01823 276892

Talking therapies, or psychological therapies, are effective and confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners. They can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression.

You can access talking therapies on the NHS.

A GP can refer you, or you can refer yourself directly to an NHS psychological therapies service (IAPT) without a referral from a GP.

Find NHS Talking therapies for information here

Helping someone else

If you know someone struggling with their mental health, there are lots of things you can do. Find out how you can help and support them.