Bestselling writer and mental health campaigner
Official ambassador for Rethink Mental Illness, Young Minds, SANE and The Counselling Foundation
Spent ten years on The Times in London where she was variously a reporter, feature writer and columnist, writing the paper’s ‘Alternatively Speaking’ health column
Rachel Kelly is a bestselling writer and mental health campaigner. The author of four books, she 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 down the stigma around mental health. Rachel shares her motivational and holistic approach to good mental health and what she has learnt about how to stay calm and well through workshops and talks for companies such as ITN, Linklaters, News UK, and the BBC, as well as charities and universities.
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.
Rachel spent ten years on The Times in London where she was variously a reporter, feature writer and columnist, writing the paper’s ‘Alternatively Speaking’ health column. 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’ was published in 2015 and is an international bestseller. It has been published in the USA, Canada, Poland, Germany and Croatia, with future editions planned in Korea, China and Turkey. Rachel is currently working on her next book ‘Singing in the Rain: 52 Small Activities for Happiness’, which will be published in 2019.
Thinking often makes us sad but doing rarely does. This book is about action: it is full of inventive and accessible activities, one for each week of the year, to help you rediscover your creativity and, little by little, build a new sense of purpose. With delightful illustrations, easy-to-follow exercises and puzzles, Singing in the Rain has something for everyone – from how to deal with difficult conversations to writing a letter to someone you love. This workbook is made of sturdy stuff. It can take whatever you throw at it or write in it, and it will still be here for you, without judgement. Rachel Kelly has based her exercises on numerous psychological studies as well as feedback from hundreds of people in the world of mental health. Her motto is small things lead to big change. Follow her practical steps for finding your voice and expanding your range, and you’ll soon find yourself hitting the higher notes of life.
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