As survivor of severe mental illness, Rachael uses her words and art to change young people’s lives for the better.
Rachael was just 15 years old when a diagnosis of anorexia derailed her life. At 17, she was told she was more likely to lose her life to mental illness than recover. Rachael, however, went on to recover and uses her experiences to help others. In 2014 she published her story of overcoming an eating disorder entitled The Skeleton Diaries which demonstrates there is hope in every situation.
Rachael is currently studying her Masters in Health, Culture & Medicine in Canberra where she also voluntarily visits young people in schools across the state; shedding light on a hidden illness and encouraging them rewrite their story.
With steadfast commitment, Rachael is focused on suicide prevention, health promotion and early intervention, empowering the next generation to seek support before they reach crisis. She offers her real-life example of why a person’s past does not have to be a permanent prison, which disqualifies them from having incredible future.