Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

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...

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...

“How brain-friendly food helped me beat brain fog”


Delighted to share a blog by Jo Belfield.Jo is a former solicitor, photographer and sales executive, who lives with her husband and two sons in Cheshire, England. She was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, severe depression and anxiety. Jo blogs about food and mental health...

“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...

Living with Mental Illness by Chris Wild


Chris Wild is an actor, contemporary artist, and a new writer.At 18-years-old I was a professional boxer- I only had one fight. I took such a beating one night, I instantly called it day. I went to Drama College in Leeds, and studied Method acting in...

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....