Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


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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...

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...

The Weir – in memory of Ruth


Ken is a friend of mine with whom I have ex­chan­ged thoughts and ideas over the last few years. Just be­fore Eas­t­er his youn­gest sist­er died com­plete­ly un­ex­pected­ly while on holiday. He had pro­duced a haiku calen­dar for 2017 with a group of European friends...

Coming out of the Shadows


Elizabeth Evans is a Mathematics teacher who has recently discovered a love of creative writing and the benefits of writing about her own experiences of mental health. She has experienced depression since childhood, but only faced the reality of her own condition after a recent...

The Happy Wanderer & the healing power of nature.


Paul Bateson is a Drama teacher, writer and theatre producer: working to give access to the arts and culture as a way to improve wellbeing, promote tolerance and diversity, mobilise proactivty and affect social change is at the heart of his work. Through innovative and...

Caring for someone with a mental health condition


@hubbydepressed is mum to three kids, runs her own busi­ness and has an amaz­ing hus­band who also hap­pens to have de­press­ion and an­xiety. She writes to help her cope and help oth­ers who, in sec­ret, are sup­port­ing a loved one with a long term ment­al...

Ineffective treatment can be worse than none


I’m de­lighted to share this ar­ticle writt­en by Julia Cresswell. Julia is now lar­ge­ly re­tired, but spent her work­ing life splitt­ing her time bet­ween writ­ing books, main­ly re­fer­ence books or books about the his­to­ry of En­glish, work­ing on big pro­jects as a lexicog­raph­er and teach­ing...

Depression…Acceptance…Hope…Recovery


​Donna Chan is 42, and lives with her hus­band and two childr­en in North Lon­don.She has had three sig­nificant epi­sodes of de­press­ion, has re­covered back to full health, and is keen to share her ex­peri­ence, in­sight and know­ledge with oth­ers.Image courtesy of http://www.rethinkdepression.com/The one gift...