Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


mental health


The long road to happiness after grief


Chris Creegan is Chief Executive of the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability and Chair of SAMH, the Scottish Association for Mental Health.Chris has an active Twitter following @Chris_Creegan and blogs regularly on a wide range of current affairs issues. He lives with husband in Edinburgh...

Depression & Anxiety: Why Talking Helps


Delighted to share a blog by Becky Lovesey.Becky is a mum to two young boys and a secondary school teacher; struggling to maintain the ‘normal’ for her family, whilst being diagnosed with depression and anxiety.Becky is committed to shattering the stigma of mental health by writing...

“How brain-friendly food helped me beat brain fog”


Delighted to share a blog by Jo Belfield.Jo is a former solicitor, photographer and sales executive, who lives with her husband and two sons in Cheshire, England. She was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, severe depression and anxiety. Jo blogs about food and mental health...

“What is a typical day’s food intake for you?” : the gut-brain connection


Delighted to share a blog by Dr Karen Faisandier of The Integrative Practice Ltd.Karen is a born and bred New Zealander, Director of an integrative psychology practice, and the Wellington Lead Member of the Ancestral Health Society of New Zealand. She is a conventionally trained clinical...

Living with Mental Illness by Chris Wild


Chris Wild is an actor, contemporary artist, and a new writer.At 18-years-old I was a professional boxer- I only had one fight. I took such a beating one night, I instantly called it day. I went to Drama College in Leeds, and studied Method acting in...

Anxiety & Creative Writing: Solace in Words


Emma Wilson is a mental health campaigner with experience of working in research, communications and policy. Navigating her 20s whilst living in the hustle and bustle of London, Emma is committed to raising awareness about mental health through writing and speaking about her own experiences....

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...

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...