Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Author: Guest Post


The long road to happiness after grief


Chris Creegan is Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and Chair of SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health.Chris has an active Twitter following @Chris_Creegan and blogs regularly on a wide range of current affairs issues. He lives with husband in Edinburgh...

Depression & Anxiety: Why Talking Helps


Delighted to share a blog by Becky Lovesey.Becky is a mum to two young boys and a secondary school teacher; struggling to maintain the ‘normal’ for her family, whilst being diagnosed with depression and anxiety.Becky is committed to shattering the stigma of mental health by writing...

“What is a typical day’s food intake for you?” : the gut-brain connection


Delighted to share a blog by Dr Karen Faisandier of The Integrative Practice Ltd.Karen is a born and bred New Zealander, Director of an integrative psychology practice, and the Wellington Lead Member of the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand. She is a conventionally trained clinical...

Anxiety & Creative Writing: Solace in Words


Emma Wilson is a mental health campaigner with experience of working in research, communications and policy. Navigating her 20s whilst living in the hustle and bustle of London, Emma is committed to raising awareness about mental health through writing and speaking about her own experiences....

Resilient and equipped by Andy Walton


Andy Walton is a community mental health nurse based in the North of England, working with military veterans. He also writes a blog www.nowandafterwards.com focusing on anxiety in modern times from a personal and professional perspective.​“Happiness can be overrated: I don’t think that’s something we can have...

Good news – up to a point


I’m de­lighted to share a second ar­ticle writt­en by Julia Cresswell. Julia wor­ked as a writ­er and uni­vers­ity tutor. Now a pen­sion­er, she is a carer for her son who lives with her and her hus­band.We have just re­ceived a lett­er say­ing my son, who...

The poetry of trees by Fern Taylor


Fern Taylor is a mindfulness practitioner and author with a love of poetry and all things creative. She has previously worked as a teacher (specialising in literacy), and now loves finding creative and enjoyable ways to help others discover the benefits of mindfulness.Her book 'Here...

Seaweed, the single best mood food


By Xa Milne Co Founder, Mara Seaweed, author of The Seaweed Cookbook, Michael Joseph, Penguin 2016."Over the last decade, since Fiona Houston and I first discovered the wonders of seaweed and founded Mara, we have discovered a passion for its myriad nutritional benefits." “You are...

Reaching Out: The importance of connecting as a protective factor in the context of dementia and suicidal thoughts


De­lighted to share with you this guest blog by Nicola L.Wheel­er and Derek Fish­er.Hav­ing had per­son­al ex­peri­ence of car­ing for a grandmoth­er who had de­men­tia, Nicola has furthered her in­terests in de­men­tia care through pro­fes­sion­al train­ing as a clin­ical psyc­holog­ist and work­ing with adults and...

The advantages of a dementia café


Derek Fish­er is a house man­ag­er for a char­ity that pro­vides shel­tered ac­commoda­tion for dis­ab­led peo­ple: al­low­ing them to live in­depen­dent­ly . Derek has had a keen in­terest in de­men­tia for the past 16 years and has wor­ked in soci­al care. Derek is in­vol­ved with...