Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Resilient and equipped by Andy Walton


Andy Walton is a community mental health nurse based in the North of England, working with military veterans. He also writes a blog www.nowandafterwards.com focusing on anxiety in modern times from a personal and professional perspective.​“Happiness can be overrated: I don’t think that’s something we can have...

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...

Good news – up to a point


I’m de­lighted to share a second ar­ticle writt­en by Julia Cresswell. Julia wor­ked as a writ­er and uni­vers­ity tutor. Now a pen­sion­er, she is a carer for her son who lives with her and her hus­band.We have just re­ceived a lett­er say­ing my son, who...

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...

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...