Applying for the Step Forward Fund

Thanks to a legacy fund from the estate of the late Anne Richardson, Food for the Brain is enabling individuals and families on low incomes to access nutritional therapy to support their mental health through our specialist clinic, the Brain Bio Centre. We believe that dietary and lifestyle changes can make a significant, and often life changing difference, to their health. 

The Step Forward Fund was set up  to help improve the mental wellbeing of those with mental health conditions such as Anxiety and Panic disorders, Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism and ADHD.

Whilst each therapy package is tailored to the individual, it broadly consists of:

  • 4 sessions with a nutritional therapist (two one-hour consultations and two 30-minute follow ups)

  • Biochemical and other functional tests to help assess support required (these can include blood, urine, stool and saliva samples)

  • Supplements for three to four months

In order to qualify to apply for the funding, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a household income below £18,400 

  • Have one (or more) of the following mental health conditions (diagnosed by a medical practitioner): anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorder (i.e. schizophrenia), autism and/or ADHD

  • Right to live in the UK

  • Motivated to follow the nutritional therapy programme recommended 

  • Be willing to take part in research (which can be completely Anonymous if preferred) for the charity to raise awareness of the role of nutrition in mental health

In this phase of funding we hope to support 6 to 8 clients. If you are interested in applying, please download the information pack and fill in the application form. Please send in the form and the required information by 5pm, 17th September 2019. 

Once you have submitted your application form, we will let you know that we have received it and what the next steps are. Please note that due to staff working hours, there may be a slight delay in responding to you but we will do our best to turn around your application as soon as possible. 

It is also important to note that the charity and clinic’s decision on applications are final. 

If you have any questions regarding the fund, please get in touch with us at: