As well as the book, Rachel Kelly has used her experiences to create the Black Rainbow app to aid those suffering from mental illness. The app is now available to download from the iTunes App Store.
The app is split into two sections: help for a hurting mind and help for a hurting body.In the section addressed to the mind, there are four sections of poetry and wise words, moving from descriptions of what depression can feel like, to comforting thoughts to befriend you in dark time, uplifting poems for your recovery, and finally guidance for coping with what Freud called ‘ordinary human unhappiness’.
Research has shown that reading poetry can create new neural pathways; images have to be unpacked and processed, which keeps us rooted firmly in the present. But concentration on the enforced solitude of a page isn’t always possible for those suffering from depression, never mind preferable. Therefore the app includes audio by the acclaimed Shakespearean actors Julian Glover and Isla Blair, and the renowned British broadcaster Martyn Lewis.
For more information and to listen to extracts of poetry and prose, check out the Sane website.