The ‘Your Brain on Food’ program’s focus is to teach youth + young adults to make good, healthy food choices that can positively impact their mental wellbeing while learning how to prepare delicious, nutrient dense foods together in the kitchen. The goal of the program is to continue to educate our community with local resources that can be used to compliment and strengthen mental health prevention in our community.

We believe the integration of healthy eating and the power of food will promote optimal nutrition, enhance cognitive function and improve emotional and behavioural well-being. Studies are beginning to show us more and more of a direct link between our diets and our mental health.

You don’t have to be an expert or a professional chef in the kitchen to cook. You certainly do not need all the fancy kitchen gear and gadgets to cook a delicious meal. Although, some kitchen gear will certainly make various processes easier, all you really need to get started is determination and effort. Explore and make mistakes but be kind to yourself as you unravel your hidden talents.

Find information on safety in the kitchen, the art of meal planning, grocery shopping tips, on the go tips & tricks and more in the participant’s handbook.

Meet Erin Abraham the program facilitator!

 Erin’s hope is that participants find inspiration, and excitement to dig deeper to learn more about nutrition and how it affects your overall mental wellness for long-term prevention.

Though Erin talks about the benefits of food and nutrition-related to mental health within the program, she wants everyone to know that food is not meant to replace any of the treatments or medications you may already be using.

A note from Erin:

Like most of you, I struggle with a mental illness, and every day can bring a new challenge. I decided a long time ago that I needed to take charge of my mental health and not let my mental illness define me. My mental health journey has grown and evolved into mental health prevention all because one day I decided to make the choice to dig deeper about what I could do to feel better. I realized how I was caring for myself and what I was eating was actually fueling my mental instability. Fast forward to today, I still have a mental illness, but it doesn’t define me because of the choice I make every day to get in the kitchen, plan and have fun preparing whole, nutrient dense foods that fuel me up to live my best life.

Let’s get cooking!


Through a Seed Grant provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Social Development Council of Cornwall & Area has been able to develop a nurturing food literacy and cooking program for youth and young adults that can create strong mental health. Thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for funding this fantastic program!

Want to participate virtually? Check out the video’s below and let’s get cooking!

Find more resources from the program below