Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Author: Guest Post


How loneliness can make us depressed – and what to do about it


Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. She decided to move into freelancing to take advantage of the flexibility and work-life balance it offers. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to mental health, fitness and...

My Wellness Story – my complete recovery from depression


Jo Clutton is a writer, artist, traveller, wild west nut intrigued by science and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour.She writes light-hearted anecdotal articles, many of which were published in a local newspaper and in various magazines, and now I'm publishing on her blog:  Creating...

Living with bipolar at 41 – strategies for living with a long term mental illness


Judith Critchley has a passion for life, for mental health and for speaking out. She is a Mental Health Strategic Advisor to employers and employees to foster good mental health in the workplace. Until recently, Judith chaired a Mental Health Employee Group. She is passionate about...

How diet cured my depression – as well as my arthritis


Sarah Gall is 63 years old, lives in Rochdale, Lancashire with her husband Alan and she has four grown-up children. Alan and Sarah met in the ice-skating club at Salford University. Alan graduated in Chemical Engineering and Sarah finished with a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry and stayed at...

In Exercising My Depression I Became a Better Mom


Jane Sandwood only recently admitted her depression and took steps to accept it and overcome it after years struggling through her professional career and early years as a mother and a wife.Here Jane talks about the positive effects of exercise on mental health before, during, and...

The value of learning from other people


Kathryn Pearcey is a former teacher who writes movingly about the value of learning from other people."​Two years ago I became unable to continue working as a teacher in the public secondary sector due to poor mental health. This was caused entirely by the management...

How Exercise can Improve Mental Health


Jane Sandwood only recently admitted her depression and took steps to accept it and overcome it after years struggling through her professional career and early years as a mother and a wife. She now exercises regularly and likes nothing more than to escape for a...

‘We Had A Black Dog’ by Matthew Holmquist


Matthew Holmquist is an emerging theatre director and sound designer and runs Red Oak Theatre, a newly set up theatre company based in Cardiff."At Red Oak Theatre we want to explore the relationship between sound and design, how they can be pushed in combination to...

GROUNDING – therapeutic power of gardening


Myriam Sarens (left) & Dr Gemma Eke (rightMyriam Sarens is a Horticultural Therapist and Integrative Psychotherapist, offering gardening and therapy to refugees and asylum seekers as part of the Grounding Project.  ​www.therapyforachange.co.ukDr Gemma Eke is a Clinical Psychologist, specialising in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and...

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing at university


Dr. Lucy Winrow works with academics at the University of Salford on the ProtectED project. ProtectED is the first national accreditation scheme for student safety, security and wellbeing at UK universities.She also runs the twitter page @ProtectED_HEI, tweeting about issues impacting the student experience, including...