Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Gardening Helps Depression: How Being Green Helps Beat the Blues


“If you would be happy all your life – plant a garden”Spr­ing, and my gard­en is com­ing to life again. New life is em­erg­ing from the cold wint­er soil. There is no one mirac­le cure for de­press­ion but re­search has shown that in­cor­porat­ing some gar­den­ing...

Me, my Family and Depression


Elizabeth Evans talks about the complex task of managing family life with depression Dealing with guilt I have had depression since childhood, and my mood can be black and my patience short. When I hear myself shouting at my children, I feel guilty: I’m a...

Fighting Back with Words


by Angela McCrimmon I was diagnosed with a mental illness almost 20 years ago. I have had an interesting journey through the mental health system, and on the whole not a positive one. I often felt I was treated very disrespectfully and I think they...

How to Be Happier: The 5 Per Cent Shift


  Trying to find happiness in life can seem like an impossible quest. One of the biggest pitfalls I have encountered in my path to happiness is trying to perform a complete overhaul of my daily activities in one fell swoop. I know from my...

Living with Depression: The Black Dog!


Author: Elizabeth Evans I’d like 1 week with a normal head please. Having read through enough Philosophy I know all the return comments to this. It doesn’t stop me feeling that it’s what I need though. I’ve had long periods with the ‘Black Dog’ and...

Foods to Fight Depression


Nutrition and depression are intimately linked. After two breakdowns and a 17-year battle with depression, I have been forced to radically change my lifestyle in an effort to beat the Black Dog. At the heart of my recovery is how I re-evaluated the way I...

How to Deal with Depression on Your Own


We all feel down from time to time. For some of us, our low moods are brief; they come and they go without leaving too much devastation in their wake. For others, these dark times can seem to latch hold and spread out for as...

Alternative New Year’s Resolutions Ideas: Word of the Year


We all know that New Year’s Resolutions can be tough to stick to. If you’re looking for alternative New Year’s resolution ideas check out this post by Walking on Sunshine reader, Rosalind Webber about her fantastic suggestion: Word of the Year. Word of the Year The problem with...

Achieving Emotional Wellness: An Action Plan That Works


Achieving emotional wellness is not something that is always as easy as it seems. We all know that certain someone who always seems to be relaxed, contented and able to face whatever life throws at them. While some people are genetically predisposed to be more...

The Southbank Centre


Dear all, I’m excited. Tomorrow I will be speaking at the Southbank Centre’s Changing Minds festival. It’s an event that will bring together authors, comedians and scientists, all talking about the importance of literature and the arts in dealing with mental health. I will be...