Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Celebrating #BritishPieWeek with the #happykitchenbook chicken pie


To celebrate British Pie Week I wanted to share the Happy Kitchen’s chicken pie recipe – a healthy twist on a familiar favourite.  Enjoy!  Please do feel free to post your pictures on social media with the hashtag #happykitchenbook Chicken is rich in protein, as...

Celebrating World Book Day


On World Book Day I wanted to share with you my top six reads.  I hope you enjoy them as much I do. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith This was recommended to my by a friend whose sister had committed suicide. She said...

Teenagers, iron and Birmingham City fans


This week is Children's Mental Health Week and I have been honoured to support the work of Young Minds where I am an ambassador. Young Minds asked if I had any advice for my younger self.

Magic Mushrooms? #goodmoodfood


The Chinese have been prescribing mushrooms for centuries. They are a source of Vitamin D which helps to harmonise hormones and boost immunity, and also seems to be important for supporting mood. You can maximise their vitamin D content by leaving them out on the...

Sweeten with Cinnamon #goodmoodfood


If you have a sweet tooth like me, cin­namon is a great natur­al al­ter­native to sugar. I often use it; as well as fruit and nuts: to sweet­en meals. I love the aroma too.Cin­namon may also help to balan­ce blood sugar and keep sugar crav­ings...

The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food. Your Tuesday Moodscope reminder.


January can be the cruellest month, to paraphrase T.S. Eliot. Many of us embark on diets, only to feel failures when we ditch them a few weeks later. Food is something to be feared. I’ve been there and done that. For the last few years,...

Beating the Blues #goodmoodfood : Part 2


So, here it is….Monday 16 January 2017, supposedly the ‘most depressing day of the year’. While it’s important not to trivialise the reality of year round mental health problems for many by concentrating on one day of the year, I do want to use this...

Beating the Blues #goodmoodfood : Part 1


Monday 16 January 2017 is supposedly the ‘most depressing day of the year’ – the weather’s grey, our pockets are feeling a little empty, and we’re failing to stick to our New Year’s resolutions. Amid all the plethora of suggestions of how to beat the...

Bowled Over by Warmth and Love


    I wrote a little something, please spare a minute and give it a read: There is very special kitchen I spent a great deal of my childhood in. This kitchen has produced five of the most brilliant kids I know along with some...

Therapeutic Writing Q&A: Rachel Kelly


Not only is writing an enjoyable outlet for creativity, but it can also be an immensely useful tool for the management and treatment of a wide range of mental health issues. I recently gave a talk to students of ‘Introduction to Reflective and Therapeutic Writing’ at...