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Rachel Kelly
Black Rainbow: How words healed me – my journey through depression, Rachel Kelly’s memoir about how poetry helped her overcome depression is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 24th April. All author proceeds are being given to the charities SANE and United Response who work with those who suffer from poor mental health.

Entries by Rachel Kelly

So offen und ehrlich spricht eine Frau über ihre Depression

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 11:10 AM


Als ich im vergangenen Jahr bekannt gab, dass ich lange an einer schweren Depression gelitten hatte, sagte man mir oft, wie mutig ich sei.

Das hat mich beunruhigt. Wenn ich mutig war, hieß das ja, dass ich eigentlich etwas zu verbergen gehabt...

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I Escaped the Darkness of Depression Thanks to a Unique Prescription With No Side Effects: Poetry

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 10:05 AM

From Black Rainbow: How Word Healed My - My Journey Through Depression, by Rachel Kelly. Copyright © 2015 by Rachel Kelly. Reprinted by permission of Quercus, a Hachette company.

Three months after the birth of her second child, Rachel Kelly found herself sinking into deep depression. Here she describes how...

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A Thank You Letter to My Mother

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 6:14 AM

Dear Mummy,

When we exchange marital vows, we promise to support one another in 'sickness and in health'. A mother makes no such promise when she gives birth. Yet it was, and is, you who has born much of the brunt of supporting and looking after me 'in sickness'...

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Fingertip Stability: My Search for the Perfect Depression App

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 11:48 AM

Four years ago I became an app maker. It began with a conversation between me and another mother round a kitchen table. What had happened to the art of learning poems by heart? We came up with an idea for a children's poetry app which would equip the digitally-native generation...

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The Real Truth About Antidepressants

(38) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Ever wondered how the drug Prozac came to be named? When the American pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly set about launching a new product called fluoxetine hydrochloride in 1987, it was swiftly concluded that a catchier name would be required for this 'miracle pill'. So the product went to a branding...

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How to Sleep Well

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 8:38 AM

When do manageable fears become terrifying obsessions? For me, it is when I am sleep-deprived. When we don't get enough sleep, the emotional centre of the brain becomes more active. This is particularly unfortunate if you suffer from anxiety and depression.

In one study a set of increasingly disturbing...

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How Poetry Can Prove a Lifeline

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 6:52 AM

Would you read poetry when you are suffering from severe depression? What if you don't have the energy to cross the room? This is something people have asked in relation to my memoir Black Rainbow, which describes how poetry proved a lifeline during my seventeen-year battle with depression.


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Stressed Parents: Why Are Women More Anxious Than Men?

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 6:24 AM

'Dear Sebastian,' the letter began. 'Thank you very much for my Birthday Present. I love 'Angelina Ballerina' books. Love Yore God Daughter Eleanor'.

As any mother reading this would expect, the likelihood of my husband sending the present himself, or knowing that his goddaughter liked Angelina Ballerina, is that...

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Mind Over Platter: How to Keep Eating Healthily

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 6:01 AM

In my last post, I gave you tips about eating to stay sane. But even if you know what you should eat, it is still hard to break old habits. It's not what you are eating, but what's eating you. For me, and I suspect it is the...

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How to Eat to Stay Sane

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:57 PM

After two breakdowns and a 17-year battle with depression, I have been forced to radically change my lifestyle in an effort to beat the Black Dog. Thanks to getting enough sleep, trying not to over-schedule, practicing mindfulness, therapy, learning consoling poetry, and getting as much vitamin D and...

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How Depression Forced Me to Seek a Balanced Life

(4) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 7:00 PM

16 years ago I was a working mother and Times journalist. In three days, I went from feeling mildly anxious to being completely unable to function in a foetal curl on the floor.

I was married with two young children. My husband worked at Goldman Sachs and had just...

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