Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Author: Rachel


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...

‘Sweet Dreams’ Butternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frittata


A re­cipe from the happy kitch­en: Good Mood Food, But­ternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frit­tata is a per­fect choice when you're feel­ing fragile. It's an easy re­cipe that can be pre­pared in ad­vance. We like it both cold (with a salad for lunch) and...

When water just doesn’t quite cut the mustard…


  Staying hydrated is essential for mental clarity. But what I hadn’t realised until working with Nutritional Therapist Alice Mackintosh was just how much fluid I could get from foods that are naturally rich in water. With Nutrition and Hydration Week in full swing I...

Discussing #goodmoodfood with Dr Pratima Singh


I was honoured to share a platform with the inspirational Dr Pratima Singh, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley hospital, at a recent The Idler event. Dr Singh is a believer in a holistic approach to mental health and one of my heroines. You can now listen to...

The Power of Seaweed for Menopausal Women


As a menopausal woman, and one who has eschewed using HRT, I’ve let food be my medicine over the past few years to deal with my mood swings and hot flushes. There are 5 key ingredients that can help you to stay calm and steady...