Rachel is an admirer of Marjorie Wallace OBE who set up SANE as a campaigning organisation to raise awareness of mental illness, initially schizophrenia, and now mental illness more generally. SANE’s foundation followed a series of ground-breaking articles by Wallace in the Sunday Times. Now the charity is know for its Black Dog campaign to reduce stigma as well as its helpline.
United Response helps mentally and physically disabled people be treated at home. Rachel, herself, was happier being cared for at home than in hospital like many others, so she is delighted to be mental illness vice president of United Response and to encourage their efforts in this respect, as well as in many other areas of care for the disadvantaged.
Rachel is proud to be involved in some of Rethink’s initiatives to do just that – rethink the way we look at mental illness. She loves the way Rethink works alongside other charities and collaborates with employers in its efforts to improve the treatment of those who are mentally unwell and to reduce stigma, especially in the workplace.
The Counselling Foundation trains therapists and rightly describes itself as an organisation for personal growth. Rachel is someone who has been lucky enough to have experienced the restorative power of therapy, so is delighted to support this non-profit organisation.
Prevention is better than cure, so Rachel supports the efforts of YOUNGMINDS to help teenagers and young people to stay well and calm. Many of those who now suffer from mental illness as adults were first affected when younger. Yet there are good, evidence-based strategies to provide effective help, especially if we address problems when they first appear. YOUNGMINDS campaigns to make sure that every young person has proper access to help.