Rachel Kelly is a former Times journalist who is now a mental health campaigner, public speaker, and writer.
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 mental illness Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness is an international bestseller and is being published this year in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany, Turkey and Croatia.
Rachel now speaks publicly about her experience of depression and recovery in an effort to reduce stigma and educate people about the reality of mental illness. She also runs workshops for mental health charities to share what she has learnt about how to stay calm and well. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, and Sane. Her latest book The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood food was published in January this year and will be published in the US, Australia and Canada later this year.
Rachel said “I’m honoured to have been made an Ambassador for The Counselling Foundation, which rightly describes itself as an organisation for personal growth. I’m someone who has battled depression and anxiety in the past, but who was lucky enough to have experienced the power of therapy which helped me recover. I greatly admire the work the Foundation does to train therapists for the personal growth of others, as well as for therapists themselves.”
Rachel was the guest speaker at The Counselling Foundation’s trainee graduation event in November 2015 and since then has been an ambassador, promoting the charity’s services and spreading the benefits of our counselling and counsellor training.