Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Small Steps


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...

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...

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...

Small Steps to Keeping Our Thoughts Under Control


By Carla Croft"Trains" of ThoughtWhen I use the metap­hor of a "train" with my clients they often de­scribe this as one of the most im­por­tant im­ages they have taken away from our work, so I thought it would be help­ful to share this idea here.Often...

Small Steps to Learning to Live Well: Learning to Play Tennis


By Elizabeth EvansI’ve always loved tennis, ever since my first short tennis tournament when I was 10 years old. I made it through the knockout stages in our enormous year group of 35 to win the final against Sarah C. We were rewarded with Mars...