Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

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...

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...

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...

The Weir – in memory of Ruth


Ken is a friend of mine with whom I have ex­chan­ged thoughts and ideas over the last few years. Just be­fore Eas­t­er his youn­gest sist­er died com­plete­ly un­ex­pected­ly while on holiday. He had pro­duced a haiku calen­dar for 2017 with a group of European friends...

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...

Coming out of the Shadows


Elizabeth Evans is a Mathematics teacher who has recently discovered a love of creative writing and the benefits of writing about her own experiences of mental health. She has experienced depression since childhood, but only faced the reality of her own condition after a recent...

The Happy Wanderer & the healing power of nature.


Paul Bateson is a Drama teacher, writer and theatre producer: working to give access to the arts and culture as a way to improve wellbeing, promote tolerance and diversity, mobilise proactivty and affect social change is at the heart of his work. Through innovative and...