Rachel Kelly is a Sunday Times bestselling writer, public speaker and mental health advocate. She writes regularly for the press and gives TV and radio interviews to help educate and break down the stigma around mental illness and share ideas for well-being in her role as an ambassador for several mental health charities.
She also shares evidence-based strategies on how to stay calm and well and is the author of five books covering her experience of depression and recovery and her steps to wellbeing from poetry to nutrition. Rachel speaks at events and wellbeing workshops, sharing her motivational and holistic approach to good mental health. She is an official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, HeadTalks, SANE, BrainWaves, Compassion Matters and The Counselling Foundation. She is an affiliate of King’s College London for her work on mental health awareness and as host of the Inspire the Mind interviews. She was named as one of the top five influencers on mental health in January 2023 by the Cardinal Clinic, a chain of private mental health hospitals. She writes regular columns on emotional well-being for The Tablet and The Idler magazines.
Her books include her memoir Black Rainbow about her expression of depression which was a Sunday Times bestseller and four subsequent books about her recovery and how to stay calm and well – Walking on Sunshine: 52 Small Steps to Happiness; The Happy Kitchen: Good Mood Food; and Singing in the Rain: An inspirational workbook. Her latest book is You’ll Never Walk Alone: Poems for Life’s Ups and Downs published in 2022 by Hodder. Rachel is a member of the Speakers Collective, a group of speakers with lived experience of mental health conditions.