Rachel Kelly
Writer, Mental Health Campaigner, Public Speaker

About Rachel


Rac­hel Kelly is 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 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.

Rac­hel 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 stig­ma. 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, Young Minds, Sane and The Co­un­sell­ing Foun­da­tion. Her latest book "The Happy Kitch­en: Good Mood" food was pub­lished in Janua­ry 2017.

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