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Rachel Egan

Pint-sized mental health activist

Rachel is a popular Content Writer with experience in third sector communications. As a pint-sized mental health activist she regularly writes about issues regarding mental health in young people and has particular interests in eating disorders, suicide and body image-related issues.

Rachel currently works in communications and is a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She first developed her passion for copywriting and blogging as a Press Officer and Trustee at a student eating disorders charity after graduating from Cardiff University as the Honour Roll student for exceptional services to student mental health in 2012.

Why I Won't Be Watching 'To The Bone'

What has also angered me and many others about this film, is that it simply reflects the huge misconceptions around eating disorders that are already prevalent in our society. For example, Ellen's character is your stereotypical young white woman, who is tragically misunderstood and hit with this hideous anorexic affliction leaving her with an emaciated body frame.
17/07/2017 08:17 BST

Verdict On 'Why Did I Go Mad?' Nice Try, Could Do Better

With Mental Health Awareness Week fast approaching, we have seen an explosion of mental health programmes on primetime TV. On Tuesday 2 May, BBC2 aired a 'Horizon' episode titled 'Why Did I Go Mad?' which looked at different experiences, different causes and different treatments for psychosis.
08/05/2017 11:06 BST

Defusing The Mental Health Time Bomb: How The Reach Study Can Help Our Kids

Young people are experiencing a mental health crisis of unprecedented proportions. 1 in 10 of them have a diagnosable mental health condition, which equates to 850,000 across the UK. Self-harm in children and teenagers has sky rocketed and over the past ten years we have seen a 68% increase in the number of young people being hospitalised for self-harm.
04/10/2016 16:55 BST

Five Reasons Why We Must Act on World Eating Disorder Day

This is the first ever global day dedicated to eating disorders, and professionals from 40 different countries and activists from all over the world are taking part. It could not have come soon enough for us here in the UK where the number of young people hospitalised for an eating disorder has doubled in the past three years.
31/05/2016 17:23 BST

A Few Months Ago the Tories Promised Us a Mental Health Revolution, Now They Have Fired the Mental Health Champion for Schools

So somebody who was hired but not paid for their expertise and ability to be objective, was then fired for offering their expertise and being objective. What's more, this decision came right at the start of the current exam season, straight after the academisation plans were announced and exactly at a time when children need people like Natasha fighting their corner.
06/05/2016 13:11 BST

What Depression Is

One in five people get depression at some point in their lives. While any of us can feel low at any point depression occurs when these feelings linger for weeks, months or even years and make everyday life hard.
04/04/2016 14:57 BST

My New Year's Resolution is to Take Better Care of My Mental Health: Will You Join Me?

Our emotional health is just as important as our physical health right? That's why I am making it my New Year's Resolution to take better care of my mental health this year, instead of the past few years of vowing to eat more fruit and vegetables (doing quite well on), regular gym visits (achieved), drinking more water (sometimes), going to the dentist regularly (what dentist?).
29/12/2015 10:37 GMT

Why We Need More Young People on Trustee Boards

While the charity sector strives for equality, representation on charity trustee boards is mainly made up of white, middle aged, men. It is a problem which desperately needs addressing.
11/09/2015 16:09 BST

'Walking Out of Darkness' Event Reminded Me Why I Am Still Here

A year ago on 16th May 2014, I was making daily calls to the Samaritans and was coping with suicidal feelings so strong that I could barely leave the house due to the dangerously close proximity of a train station nearby where I vividly pictured the end of my life taking place.
20/05/2015 18:00 BST

Young People Get Made Redundant Too! Facing Redundancy in Your 20s

One in seven British employees has lost their job since the beginning of the recession in 2008, but when I was being made redundant at 23, all the advice and personal stories I could find were aimed at people in their thirties and above, meaning I felt confused and isolated.
04/02/2015 16:46 GMT