Writer, public speaker, ambassador
In her early thirties, Rachel was diagnosed with serious depression and subsequently suffered two major depressive episodes. These two episodes have become the defining events of her life. Since then, she has written about the condition, and how she has recovered, in books that have been read by tens of thousands of people. Her memoir about her experience of serious depression “Black Rainbow” was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2014. She has also written about how a holistic approach has helped her recover: her second book on wellbeing “Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness” is an international bestseller and has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.
She now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery, and regularly writes for press and gives TV and radio interviews to help educate and break down the stigma around mental health. She also runs workshops for mental health organisations, companies, charities and universities to share what she has learnt about how to stay calm and well. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, Sane and The Counselling Foundation. Her latest book “The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood” food was published in January 2017.