Conversations from the intersection of food and mental health

May 7, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a monthlong effort to increase awareness and education about the importance of recognizing mental illness and providing the support needed to those affected. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, The Splendid Table is producing two shows focused on the connection of food to mental health. This content is presented in partnership with Call to Mind, a new mental health initiative from American Public Media to foster open conversations about mental health. Here is what you can expect to hear on-air or in your podcast feed this month:

  • May 7, 2019: Splendid Table Selects - At the Intersection of Food and Mental Health. In our bimonthly single-subject podcast, contributor Shauna Sever talks to Dr. Drew Ramsey about looking at food as medicine, and the connections between food, brain function, and mental health. Dr. Ramsey, a self-described “nutritional psychiatrist,” is assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. He is also a farmer and author of the brain food books, Eat Complete, Fifty Shades of Kale and The Happiness Diet. Listen to this episode of Splendid Table Selects.
  • May 17, 2019: In a new full-length episode of The Splendid Table, host Francis Lam talks to Chef David McMillan about substance use and recovery in the restaurant world. Activist and author Virgie Tovar tells us about the role fat discrimination, shame and body image have played in her life. And, we’ll hear from playwright and screenwriter Stephanie Covington Armstrong about her very personal experience of living with an eating disorder. She is the author of Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat. This episode will air on public radio and be available online and via podcast apps the weekend of May 17, 2019.

If you or someone you know is dealing with mental illness, treatment helps. Call to Mind has resources to find help and to learn more.