Healthy Eating as a New Approach to Treating Depression

Recruitment for this study has now ended.
The results are now published and can be accessed here

THE AIM

We would like to study the effects of improving diet on depression levels

THE REASON

It is believed that poor diet is closely linked with poor mental health. Similarly, improving the quality of a person’s diet, may lead to better mental health including reducing depression, but this has not yet been established.

PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE TRIAL
  • Aged 18 or over;
  • Meet criteria for Major Depression
  • Current diet quality (which we will assess)
KEY POINTS FOR PARTICIPANTS.
  • The trial will NOT involve any costs.
  • You can continue with your usual treatment.
  • People will be randomly selected to receive either the 3 month educational, counseling sessions or to continue with their usual medication and a social support program.
  • The program will last 3 months and for those who don’t receive it in the first instance, they will be offered the program 6 months after enrolling in the study.
  • We will meet with you at least 9 times over the course of the trial.

THE RESEARCHERS

This trial is a joint venture between Deakin University and St Vincent’s Health.

CONTACT DETAILS.

Persons wishing to take part in the trial can obtain more information from the trial coordinator;

Ph: (03) 8415 0944 or  Email: smilestrial@gmail.com or s.dash@deakin.edu.au

For more information, please visit:

ABC ‘Does your diet affect your mental health’
BBC ‘Is fast food making us depressed?’
Radio National ‘Eating right for mental health’

Do you have Bipolar Depression? Visit A New Approach to Bipolar Depression  for information on a study that may be of interest to you.

Are you currently studying Nutrition, Psychology or Health Sciences and interested in gaining some experience in the research? We are looking for volunteers to help out on the study. Email diet@barwonhealth.org.au for more information.

St Vincenct’s HREC-D: 089/12
DU HREC: 2012-156

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