Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Author: Rachel


I’m not mentally unwell. I’m just unwell.


I blame De­scar­tes. In the seven­teenth cen­tu­ry, this French philosoph­er and scient­ist split mind and body, ar­gu­ing that the two were dis­tinct. We’ve lived with the con­sequ­ences ever since.The NHS dis­tin­guis­hes bet­ween mind and body – and can use the di­vis­ion as an ex­cuse not...

Jewelled Guacamole & Roasted Peppers on Rye Bread from the Happy Kitchen


This re­cipe br­ings out the best in the veget­ables it con­tains. The peppers are deliciously sweet and the pomegranates add sparkle to the dish. What’s more, they are bursting with vitamin C and rich in fibre, which supports a healthy gut. You can normally find...

Omega-3 Kedgeree Recipe


This tradition­al In­dian dish of fish and rice be­came popular in En­gland in the Vic­torian era, when British col­oni­als re­tur­ned home and star­ted hav­ing it for break­fast. Our version works at all times of day, and is filled with omega-3 fats, zinc and B vitamins....

Sleepy Peach, Cherry & Goji Crumble


​For me, as for most people, getting a restful night’s sleep is closely linked to being calm and happy. Try ending the day with our Sleepy Peach, Cherry and Goji Crumble: it is not overly sweet, so won’t make you feel too wired.This crumble is...

Elderflower & Green Tea Cooler


​A calm­ing re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food. Par­ticular­ly good to give to teenag­ers fac­ing exams.The green tea makes this co­ol­er both calm­ing and re­fresh­ing. Be sure to make the ging­er pieces thick en­ough to fish out from your jug, and use only...

Not waving but drowning: healing words by poet Stevie Smith


The twentieth-century British poet, Stevie Smith, suffered from depression. When she was five she developed tubercular peritonitis and was sent to a sanatorium near Broadstairs, Kent, where she remained for three years. She related that her preoccupation with death began when she was seven, at...

In the client’s chair: The end of the rainbow


How Therapy Hel­ped - An ar­ticle I wrote for TherapyToday.­net - May 2014Look­ing back, I’m as­tonis­hed that it took me two major break­downs, one in 1997 and the second in 2004, be­fore I began hav­ing therapy. Even though, dur­ing the second epi­sode, I was bed-ridden...

Calming Green Broth from the Happy Kitchen


​A calm­ing re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food for Nation­al Vegetarian Week.The mag­nesium in this re­cipe could be re­spon­sible for the calm­ing ef­fect it has on me. You can be flexib­le with the green veget­ables you use. Caulif­low­er, for exam­ple, works as well...

10 Tips to Stay Calm: My Advice to an Anxious Friend


When we are an­xi­ous, our breath­ing be­comes fast and shal­low. When we breat­he more slow­ly this for­ces our rac­ing minds to slow down as well. It can help to close one nostril with a fin­g­er - this means we breat­he at half the rate to...

Feeling Fragile Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut Brownies


​A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food.We spent ages per­fect­ing these dark chocolate brownies with Brazil nuts, en­sur­ing that they were soft, rich and gooey in the centre. Though they are still a treat, you have more con­trol over the in­gredients as you...