Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Tag: depression


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...

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...

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...

In the client’s chair: The end of the rainbow


How Therapy Hel­ped - An ar­ticle I wrote for TherapyToday.­net - May 2014Look­ing back, I’m as­tonis­hed that it took me two major break­downs, one in 1997 and the second in 2004, be­fore I began hav­ing therapy. Even though, dur­ing the second epi­sode, I was bed-ridden...

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...