Dennis Relojo-Howell is quite simply a remarkable man, with a life story as fascinating as his passion for blogging on psychology and mental health. He has earned a worldwide reputation for his work and his blog is recognised as one of the most influential in its subject. Dennis is an advocate on mental health and founder of psychology website Psychreg. And he has twice been named as highly commended at the UK Blog Awards.
Dennis is an accomplished speaker and has lectured all over the world, including his native Philippines, Romania and the UK. This year he will deliver a keynote in Malaysia at the 2nd International Conference on Psychology, Counselling and Education (ICPCE 2019).
Dennis’s story begins in the slums of the Philippines where he grew up. ‘I developed a high threshold for squeamishness,’ he says.
‘Grit and resilience are my greatest weapons. I was a travel blogger in my early twenties, an experience which allowed me to see the world from different lenses. But as we grow old, our priorities and interests evolve, so after three years I relinquished my travel blog, and have now concentrated on exploring the psychological benefits of blogging.’
Dennis did went to study psychology at New Era University and then did a master’s degree at Polytechnic University of the Philippines. In 2013, Dennis found his new home in Hertfordshire where he did his second master’s degree at the University of Hertfordshire, and then later on moved to live in east London. ‘I still consider the UK to be a far more egalitarian society than any other I’ve known, so I’m delighted to have been washed up here.’
Dennis is also founder of the International Society of Psychology, Counselling and Education (ISPCE) which aims to provide a supportive and professional environment to explore and discuss the realms of psychology, counselling and education.
He is also one of the most followed mental health bloggers on Twitter and YouTube.
In an article published in Psychreg Journal of Psychology, Dennis describes blogging as ‘a dynamic and transformative medium’ which can help people improve their mental health and well-being. He highlights research showing how keeping a diary can be a valuable and therapeutic means for relieving emotional distress and promoting well-being.
Take a dip into Psychreg and you’ll be greeted with a wealth of discussions, articles and advice on looking after your mental health and well-being, from the psychology of blogging to teaching your children mindfulness in the classroom.
Psychreg is more than a rich online resource. It also offers a host of useful services from research assistance and social media management, to sponsored articles and organising national and international psychology and mental health related events.