It’s time to find out how food can have a positive influence on your mood and mental health.

There will be no unhealthy food choices to be found at the inaugural Feed Your Mind Festival being hosted by the Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland on Saturday 13 June.

Instead market-goers will be encouraged to pile up their plates with food that can enhance their mental health and well-being.

MIFQ Chief Executive Officer Tony Stevenson said food can have a big influence on our mood and mental health.

“There is a growing body of evidence linking diet and mental health which indicates that food plays an important contributing role in the development, management and prevention of specific mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Alzheimer’s disease,” Mr Stevenson said.

“This Festival is a first for Brisbane – aiming to raise awareness about the importance of healthy food choices in a fun and festive environment – and to arm people with knowledge and tools to enhance their mental health and wellbeing.

“We’ll also be promoting healthy exercise as an important part of the healthy body = healthy mind philosophy.

“We are hoping people who experience mental health issues, their friends and family members, health practitioners, and the general public will come along and experience this unique event.”

The Feed Your Mind Festival will be held at the Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland building, 298 Gilchrist Avenue, Herston. This free event will run from 9am to 2pm.