Testimonials - Rachael Stevens

TESTIMONIALS

  • There is no evidence that suggests asking a young person about suicidal thoughts or behaviour is harmful or puts ideas in their head, there are just different ways of going about that ... Suicidal thoughts are very common among young people, and the research shows clearly that talking about it in a safe way is a positive thing ... I hope Rachael’s message changes one person’s thoughts. That would be a great result.

    Jason Trethowan Headspace Chief Executive Officer
  • Rachael is an inspirational engaging speaker who possess the rare ability to share her story with respectful honesty to her vulnerabilities, and combines this with the hopeful optimism of truly living life, despite the circumstances of the past.

    ACT State Coordinator CREATE Foundation
  • Rachael Stevens is an enthusiastic and committed individual who works to the best of her ability to bring out the best in young people, particularly in the area of mental health and wellbeing. Rachael facilitated two separate programs that ran throughout a consecutive four weeks at UC High School. We found that the young girls grew to participate a lot more in discussions and activities each week, and their confidence level increased the more as well. By running these programs Rachael helped to significantly improve the self-esteem and resilience of our young women allowing them to perform and work to the best of their ability in their school community. Her commitment and dedication to encouraging young peoplE to pursue leadership is admirable. Rachael is a role model for students. Her work is having a real impact on young people’s lives.

    School Chaplain / Youth Work Co-ordinator UC High School
  • Rachael is a credit to our community. She has shown that your age is no barrier to getting involved and helping others.

    Senator Zed Seselja
  • On behalf of ANU, I congratulate Ms Stevens on being named ACT Young woman of the Year. She is a great inspiration to young women at the University and throughout Australia.

    Professor Brian Schmidt ANU Vice-Chancellor
  • Rachael has bravely shared her personal struggles with mental health through Lifeline’s national public campaigns to inspire others. She has volunteered her time as a keynote speaker at numerous Lifeline events during 2016, communicating a powerful message of hope and recovery to telephone counsellors, Lifeline staff and our local community. Rachael is a passionate, confident and inspiring young woman with incredible potential. She is an outspoken advocate for youth mental health and suicide prevention, bringing challenging subjects to the forefront and addressing them head-on with compassion. I highly recommend Rachael as a young female leader.

    Individual Giving Manger Lifeline Australia
  • Rachael’s important message around "finding what your strengths are and working with those", "not listening to the negative labels you give yourself or others give you “ and “ You are here for a reason and you should build a life worth living". The girls have continued to comment on the amazing messages they took away from her presentation and they have started having conversations with our staff around needing support for various issues they are dealing with. Rachel has a wonderful story to tell of survival and strength.

    Pastoral Care Officer Belconnen High
  • Rachael is a skilled advocate for young people experiencing mental health concerns. By thoughtfully sharing her own story, Rachael highlights both the reality of struggling with mental health and wellbeing and the joy of recovery and connection.

    Deputy Director Youth Coalition of the ACT
  • Rachael spoke honestly about her struggles as a young person and what led to her anorexia nervosa. She talked about the hardest times in her life, and the challenge from a dying friend to work out what her hope for the future was, and what motivated her to get out of bed each morning. I would recommend Rachael as a speaker to any government or private school. Her talk was impacting, honest and engaging. The students were very attentive, and related easily to her as a young person.

    Executive teacher Student Services Lake Tuggeranong College
  • Rachael is a credit to our community. She has shown that your age is no barrier to getting involved and helping others

    Senator Zed Seselja
  • Super inspiring. Shows a brand new perspective for me & heaps of other kids out there

    Student
  • Right now I struggle with mental health issues, today helped me discover I'm not alone. Thank you

    Student
  • Thank you today I was inspired to stay hopeful. To keep on going no matter what is going on

    Student
  • The presentation inspired me to be who I am & not let people get to me

    Student
  • Thank you for sharing your story. It made me realise ‘it’s okay not to be okay’ and there is help if I need it. Thank you.

    Student
  • It really changed the way I think about mental health. Thanks for giving me hope.

    Student
  • I found the session very enlightening. I learnt to be kind to myself. I have made up my mind to be kind to myself and see the good in every bad and negative situation I find myself in

    Student
  • Your presentation helped me a lot as I've felt like giving up lately

    Student
  • Thank you for being there for teenagers, reminding us we are WORTH something every day of life

    Student
  • You really impacted my life & the choices that I will make in the future. Thank you.

    Student
  • This program has helped me as it has boosted my self-confidence and helped me to see that I have a purpose in life.

    Student
  • The presentation made me realise my life is valuable. It was so inspirational!

    Student
  • This presentation was really meaningful and relevant. I really like how honestly and openly people can discuss these issues because they remind us that these things happen, and it is ok to talk about them. This talk was done in manner that we as young people could connect and relate to. It was really good.Now I see that I have a purpose no matter what happened in my past. It has helped me to identify my passions and purpose.

    Student
  • This presentation was really meaningful and relevant. I really like how honestly and openly people can discuss these issues because they remind us that these things happen, and it is ok to talk about them. This talk was done in manner that we as young people could connect and relate to. It was really good.Now I see that I have a purpose no matter what happened in my past. It has helped me to identify my passions and purpose.

    Student
  • The presentation made me realise my life is valuable. It was so inspirational!

    Student
  • I found this very good, because I find it hard to do this by myself. This showed me I must not be afraid.

    Student
  • You helped me to be thankful for my life

    Student
  • This presentation really helped me in the process of forgiveness

    Student
  • I thought the presentation was overall inspiring and amazing. It would really help people who are struggling

    Student
  • Today was really good. It was a very inspiring story, and gave me so much hope. The amount of resilience and self-journey Rachael went through is amazing and gives me a lot of hope for myself.

    Student
  • Insightful. Raw. Honest. Inspiring

    Student
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