Rachel Kelly, our vice president

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 an official ambassador for Sane and Rethink Mental Illness as well as being a Vice President of United Response. 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.