Writer, public speaker, ambassador
In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression after suffering two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition and her recovery in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people.
Her memoir about her experience of life-threatening depression ‘Black Rainbow: How words healed me: my journey through depression’ was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about the holistic approach which helped her recover- her second book, ‘Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness’ is an international bestseller and has been published in Canada, Croatia, Germany, Poland, Turkey and the United States. She recently co-wrote ‘The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food’ with the nutritionist Alice Mackintosh, a happiness-focused cookbook which offers over sixty recipes that promote mental wellbeing. Her latest publication is titled ‘Singing in the Rain: An inspirational workbook – 52 Practical Steps to Happiness’ (Short Books, January 2019).
Since recovering from depression, Rachel likes to speak publicly about her experience to help educate others and break down the stigma around mental health. She writes regularly for national press, gives television and radio interviews, and runs workshops for mental health organisations, companies and universities. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, SANE and The Counselling Foundation.