Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Beetroot for Clarity and Performance


More good news about beetroot, a favourite mood-boosting ingredient of mine for a while. Beetroot contains nitrate, which increases the energy available to muscle cells. A study published in 2016 by Exeter University, gave a group of people beetroot juice to drink, while others were given...

Turmeric: A Miracle Spice


by Elena Langtry. Exuding the most fantastic golden colour, turmeric has many hidden uses and is a welcome spice in an array of cuisines. Most interesting to me though, is the seeming ability of the active compound in turmeric to sooth symptoms of anxiety, by affecting mood pathways and increasing anti-inflammatory responses linked with mental health.

Infectious Poem


This poem has been sent to me by Julia Macpherson's mother. Julia, who sadly died, wrote this powerful poem whilst suffering from depression.

Andre Petrolo, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy 2010


by Andre Pet­roloIt is with great pleasure that I share Andre Pet­rolo's fas­cinat­ing blog. He is an in­spiration­al teach­er and ex­plains that "a lack of basic healthy eat­ing has taken a toll on our children's ab­il­ity to learn ef­fective­ly".  Andre Petrolo, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy...

Guest Blog: Charlotte Reed


by Charlotte ReedI am so delighted to share Charlotte Reed’s guest blog today. She radiates warmth, energy and positivity – as her delightfully witty illustrations show. I hope that her story will bring hope to many readers. I have this print in my kitchen at...

Guest Blog: Lynn Young


by Lynn YoungThe Peace of Wild ThingsWendell BerryWhen despair for the world grows in meAnd I wake in the night at the least soundIn fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down when the wood drakeRests in his...

Guest Blog: David Bolton


by David BoltonDavid Bolton is a London based physiotherapist who has spent over two decades researching pain and its origins. Here, he shares his insights with us and I’m sure they will be be a source of comfort to many. The Truth About PainWhat is...

How Writing Can Help Overcome Bullying


by Julie Cox-DentI introduce myself as a person whose life has been adversely affected by bullying of one form or another.Gossip can be terribly destructive. It is woven into the tapestry of society and can literally destroy lives. The consequences of malicious talk can be...

Guest Blog: A Mother’s Perspective


by Anonymous Today’s guest blogger provides welcome insight into a child’s depression from the perspective of the parent. An anonymous mother shares her experience of having to bring her teenage daughter home from boarding school, because her daughter was chronically tired and unable to function....

Guest Blog: Clare Dyckhoff


by Clare DyckhoffClare Dyckhoff self-published her first book at six­te­en and shares here how poet­ry hel­ped her navigate learn­ing she was adop­ted, grief and grow­ing pains.When you’re grow­ing up spot­ty, busy, over­whel­med, and pum­ped full of hor­mones – the con­fus­ion sur­round­ing GCSES, fu­ture pro­spects, and...