Congratulations Julia Rucklidge – Braveheart award

We’re very excited to announce that Professor Julia Rucklidge has just been awarded the Braveheart award, which shares the stories of the unsung heroes who are taking a risk, or have tried something new, and are making Christchurch a better place to live, work, study or visit.

We asked Julia some quick questions after hearing the good news…

  • What does it mean to you to win this award?

It is always an honour to have ones work recognised by others. However, in this case, the recognition is not only about our work, but the courage behind it. For me this is particularly meaningful as it has sometimes been a difficult journey. To have the challenges not only acknowledged but celebrated was particularly poignant for me.

Braveheart Chch is a fantastic initiative to bring a focus on amazing people right here in Chch. These weekly awards remind us all that this is a great place to live, not only because of the changes in the city, but because of the amazing people who live here.

  • Briefly explain your work and why you are passionate about it

I have been studying the impact of nutrient on symptoms of mental illness for over a decade. We run clinical trials to establish whether nutrients can positively affect distressing symptoms like anxiety, low mood and impulsivity. Our work to date has shown that some people can positively benefit from consuming additional nutrients than what they can get out of their food with minimal side effects. It is particularly rewarding when we see people who have suffered greatly from mental illness get well, stay well and move forward with their lives. It is so satisfying to hear that we can reverse serious problems and bring people back to a state of good health.

Julia Rucklidge with her Braveheart award.

About Braveheart

“The scars from the Christchurch earthquakes may still be visible, and nowhere more so than in the central city, but what is not so visible is the incredible spirit of the people who call Christchurch home.

“There are hundreds of stories of people who have risen to the challenge. People who, out of the adversity, had the courage to take a risk, to try something new and have improved the lives of people in their community.

“We believe these, often unsung, heroes deserve to be acknowledged, and for their stories to be told.”

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