Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

Small Steps to Managing a Career with Mental Illness


By Maja De­zulovicI have Depression and Anxiety, Please Hire MeI have just com­pleted a book pro­ject that was meant to be done in Feb­rua­ry. Long after the client had ac­cepted that I’d taken his money and run off, I star­ted han­d­ing in the work. What...

Small Steps to Recovery


By Vittoria De MeoTHE LOTUS FLOWERI see myself as a lotus flower.A flower that grows and blossoms beautifully while rooted in a muddy pond. The lotus flower has a great meaning in Buddhism. It symbolises the purity of the body and mind.For me the lotus...

Small Steps to Recovery – The Importance of a Good Friend


By Li­zzie EvansBARBARAI’ve just read an ar­ticle about how re­lationships are be­nefici­al to ment­al health. This re­sonated with me so de­ep­ly, you see I’ve got a friend cal­led Bar­bara.Bar­bara has a brown dog, a big, daft brown lab­rador cal­led Crumble. When I wrote a piece...

Small Steps to Helping a Depressed Loved One


By Maja De­zulovicSushi Rolling with Bed SheetsI had a major de­pres­sive epi­sode that star­ted halfway through last year and trampled over a good part of the be­ginn­ing of this year. For a long time I was un­aware about what was going on, then I de­nied...

Small Steps to Better Breathing


By Sus­an­nah Scoull­erThe way we breat­he chan­ges every­th­ing, and is a con­stant re­flec­tion of how we feel in­side. We are breath­ing every mo­ment of our lives, awake or as­leep, so it’s a love­ly thing to work on and take smallsteps to chan­ge. And you only...

Small Steps to Post Breakdown Recovery


By Geor­ge Eg­ginsOn Novemb­er 1st 2011 I ad­mitted myself to a psyc­hiat­ric hos­pit­al. It was my second ad­miss­ion and a very pain­ful ex­peri­ence.I want to teach you about the four stages in my post-breakdown re­cove­ry that have al­lowed me to li­venot just a man­age­able life,...

Small Steps to Improved Resilience and Wellbeing


by Frederika RobertsSome­times it’s the simplest and smal­lest th­ings that can make the bi­ggest dif­fer­ence to your life.Here are six small steps you can take to im­prove your re­sili­ence and wellbe­ing. We teach these to prima­ry school childr­en, their parents and their teach­ers in schools,...

Small Steps to Handling Depression


By Mary Robin­sonDe­press­ion is a de­vas­tat­ing il­l­ness and whatev­er oth­ers tell you it is as much an il­l­ness as di­abetes or canc­er. A psyc­holog­ist once told me that when we are over­whel­med by cir­cumstan­ce be­yond our con­trol, the ad­renaline pro­duced causes our bod­ies to react...

Small Steps to Living with Mental Illness


By Oliv­er Chit­tend­en - In­spiration­al found­er of Mind TalksLi­v­ing with a ment­al il­l­ness is a care­ful balanc­ing act of a multi­tude of tools that I have learnt com­bine to make me feel hap­pi­er and more st­able. Wheth­er a re­cover­ing ad­dict or some­one with de­press­ion, it...

Small Steps to Happy Motherhood


The Pressure to Be a Perfect MumWhy is it that women seem to be more vul­ner­able to de­press­ion than men?Figures from the ment­al health char­ity SANE show that in 2013 al­most 475,000 women were re­fer­red for co­un­sell­ing or be­haviour­al therapy com­pared to only 274,000 men....