Food insecurity and mental health: A pilot study of patients in a psychiatric emergency unit in Israel

Nimrod Grisaru, Roni Kaufman, Julia Mirsky, Eliezer Witztum

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to examine food insecurity among psychiatric patients and as a concern for mental health practitioners. Food security and psychological distress were measured among 113 patients hospitalized in a psychiatric emergency unit. Of 113 respondents 67 (59.3%) enjoyed food security and 46 (40.7%) lacked food security. Food insecure respondents showed a higher level of psychological distress than food secure respondents. A large proportion of in-patients may be suffering food insecurity which is negatively associated with their psychological well being. Mental health practitioners need to be aware of the potential association of food insecurity and mental distress among psychiatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-519
Number of pages7
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume47
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Food security and insecurity
  • Mental health
  • Psychological distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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