Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Small Steps


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...

Small Steps to Avoiding Guilt about Mental Illness


Don’t Blame Me for Catching a Mental FluBy Maja De­zulovicOne of the dif­ficult­ies I ex­perien­ced with com­ing to terms with my de­press­ion was the guilt that came along with it. I felt an on­go­ing need to apolog­ise to every­body around me about what I was...

Small Steps to Happiness – Light at The End of The Tunnel


By Mark HaworthI Never Thought I'd Ever Be Happy.For over 20 years of my life I've had long periods of depression and anxiety. It was about 18 months ago that I had my last debilitating episode; and it's only now, looking back to that period...

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...