Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker


Tag: Mental Health


How loneliness can make us depressed – and what to do about it


Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience across many fields. She decided to move into freelancing to take advantage of the flexibility and work-life balance it offers. Jane has a particular interest in issues relating to mental health, fitness and...

My Wellness Story – my complete recovery from depression


Jo Clutton is a writer, artist, traveller, wild west nut intrigued by science and renaissance soul with a potty sense of humour.She writes light-hearted anecdotal articles, many of which were published in a local newspaper and in various magazines, and now I'm publishing on her blog:  Creating...

Living with bipolar at 41 – strategies for living with a long term mental illness


Judith Critchley has a passion for life, for mental health and for speaking out. She is a Mental Health Strategic Advisor to employers and employees to foster good mental health in the workplace. Until recently, Judith chaired a Mental Health Employee Group. She is passionate about...

I’m not mentally unwell. I’m just unwell.


I blame De­scar­tes. In the seven­teenth cen­tu­ry, this French philosoph­er and scient­ist split mind and body, ar­gu­ing that the two were dis­tinct. We’ve lived with the con­sequ­ences ever since.The NHS dis­tin­guis­hes bet­ween mind and body – and can use the di­vis­ion as an ex­cuse not...

How diet cured my depression – as well as my arthritis


Sarah Gall is 63 years old, lives in Rochdale, Lancashire with her husband Alan and she has four grown-up children. Alan and Sarah met in the ice-skating club at Salford University. Alan graduated in Chemical Engineering and Sarah finished with a BSc (Hons.) in Biochemistry and stayed at...

Jewelled Guacamole & Roasted Peppers on Rye Bread from the Happy Kitchen


This re­cipe br­ings out the best in the veget­ables it con­tains. The peppers are deliciously sweet and the pomegranates add sparkle to the dish. What’s more, they are bursting with vitamin C and rich in fibre, which supports a healthy gut. You can normally find...

In Exercising My Depression I Became a Better Mom


Jane Sandwood only recently admitted her depression and took steps to accept it and overcome it after years struggling through her professional career and early years as a mother and a wife.Here Jane talks about the positive effects of exercise on mental health before, during, and...

The value of learning from other people


Kathryn Pearcey is a former teacher who writes movingly about the value of learning from other people."​Two years ago I became unable to continue working as a teacher in the public secondary sector due to poor mental health. This was caused entirely by the management...

Omega-3 Kedgeree Recipe


This tradition­al In­dian dish of fish and rice be­came popular in En­gland in the Vic­torian era, when British col­oni­als re­tur­ned home and star­ted hav­ing it for break­fast. Our version works at all times of day, and is filled with omega-3 fats, zinc and B vitamins....

Sleepy Peach, Cherry & Goji Crumble


​For me, as for most people, getting a restful night’s sleep is closely linked to being calm and happy. Try ending the day with our Sleepy Peach, Cherry and Goji Crumble: it is not overly sweet, so won’t make you feel too wired.This crumble is...