Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Guest Blog: Michelle Pritchard


By Mic­helle PritchardMic­helle Pritchard is the found­er of ‘Find Your Spark’. She has a BSc (Hons) De­gree in Psyc­hology from War­wick Uni­vers­ity and an MSc (Dist.) in Co­ach­ing Psyc­hology from the Uni­vers­ity of East Lon­don. Mic­helle is par­ticular­ly in­teres­ted in the is­sues faced by at-risk...

Guest Blog: Elly Lloyd


By Elly LloydElly Lloyd spent her childhood on the Norfolk coast – going on long walks amongst dunes, under big skies and in wide-open spaces in a land that felt beautiful but bleak. She first fell ill with depression when she was thirteen and has...

Guest Blog: Peter Pegnall


By Peter PegnallPeter Pegnall has been a Head of English, Lecturer in Creative Writing and poet-in-residence at libraries, prisons and a project for the homeless. He has had five volumes of poetry published, written obituaries for The Guardian, reviews for The Catholic Herald and The...

Guest Blog: Jane Richardson


By Jane RichardsonJane Richardson joined a band in her early twenties, which brought her to London from the Northeast of England in search of her true identity. Whilst in London she was struck down – not for the first time, and not for the last...

Guest Blog: Ilona Brenninkmeijer


By Ilona BrenninkmeijerIlona Brenninkmeijer is a self-employed educational specialist and tutor, and the founder of Baretalks. In today’s guest blog she lays bare her own poignant experience of low self-esteem, anxiety and bulimia.My family moved around a lot when I was a young and I...

Small Steps – Understanding The Neuro-physiological Roots of Mental Illness


By Leo MeyerWhy do some people suffer from mental disorders and others not?“I became depressed following my divorce, I began getting panic attacks after a long-haul flight, I am obsessive compulsive because of my upbringing, I lack confidence because my parents were too critical…”Do our...

Sheila Jacob on Why She Finds Writing Poetry Therapeutic


By Sheila JacobSheila Jacob was born in Bi­rmingham and has lived in Wales for forty years with her hus­band Roger. She dis­covered the #healingwords cam­paign in an ar­ticle I wrote for the Cat­holic Herald and has since sent some of her poems to SANE. Her...

Small Steps from Chronic Depression to Happiness


By KayeMclar­enI have ex­perien­ced many levels of de­press­ion: Dysthymia, Major De­pres­sive Dis­ord­er, mild, and suicid­al. I al­most died from my last suicide at­tempt 20 years ago. But for most years since then I have been happy. And I ac­hieved this by tak­ing many small steps.Today...

Small Steps: Dealing with Asthma and Anxiety Attacks – Breathing


By Maja De­zulovicI Can’t BreatheI wish there were only one scenario in which that thought takes over my mind, but un­for­tunate­ly there are two. Some­times it can be hard to dif­feren­tiate and un­derstand what is hap­pen­ing in the mo­ment, so I’ve lear­ned to pause and...

Small Steps – The Pill That Steals Lives


By Katinka Blackford NewmanI’m one of those people who simply cannot take antidepressant medication. I have a severe adverse reaction. And when I say severe, I mean really severe.I became aware of this four years ago when I took escitalopram. I was having sleepless nights...