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All questions sent to me will receive a warm and caring response. I'll do my utmost to address a persons particular problem, but in most cases will also attempt to supply that individual with additional resources which might be of further benefit. There are many helpful online support groups where readers can benefit from the ongoing support of others who have suffered similar problems. These groups offer invaluable peer support from others who have 'been there'. As well as responding to your initial letter, I'll attempt to provide ongoing encouragement when this is needed. Advice will be focused on addressing the writers individual needs, and providing related information and resources. I would try to ensure that any person seeking advice has accurate and up-to-date information on the signs and symptoms of depression, and importantly, is made aware that help is available through many different avenues. Where I feel that it's relative and helpful I would mention my own life experiences with depression and coping with a loved one's suicide (however, only in context.) I would be on the lookout for warning signs that the person is in crisis and may require immediate intervention. As such I would arm myself with as much information as possible in order to refer them to the help they need. In cases where I believed the persons life to be in imminent danger I would contact authorities in their area, or if unknown, I would call the emergency services in my area in order for the person to be located through tracking.

Experience in the area

I am by no means a trained professional. My knowledge comes mainly through life experience, having endured the devastating loss of my best friend through suicide, as well as my own subsequent battle with depression following his death. I found that my own experience of losing a loved one to suicide put me in a strong position to help others, due to my ability to empathize (as opposed to sympathizing). I became knowledgeable on the topic of grief, and the extensive repertoire of depressive illnesses, signs, symptoms, and treatment options available to people in crisis.


S.O.L.O.S. Survivors of Loved Ones Suicide - Active member since 2003.


'Marie Claire' Australian, 'Cleo' (Australian), Online discussion forums (in which my submissions have stimulated discussion and generated much feedback).


I am a professional writer. I was trained in journalism. Please see my profile in Linked In. I have studied related subjects during training as a registered nurse. Both of my parents are mental health professionals. However most of reading widely and life experience has been my greatest teacher.

Past/Present Clients

I have helped a number of individuals who have sought my take on a particular problem, or whom I have felt concern for, for various reasons.

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Recent Answers from Rachel Hurst

2017-01-11 Getting Help for Suicidal Ideation:

Dear Faith,    I am very happy that you are motivated to seek professional help for your depression and anxiety.  However, I don't know where you live (I'm in Australia) nor what options are there for

2015-10-19 Major depression:

Hi Elizabeth..    Please could you let me know whether you recieved my reply to you. I am keen to send you some material I believe will be of great benefit to you, however would be better able to send

2015-07-05 I have no desire to stay, I want to go be with my baby:

Dear Lucy,  I wish I could give you a big hug and make you a good hot pot of tea!  No wonder you are down sweetheart, you have been through a terrible ordeal.  You've lost a baby that you hadn't even realised

2015-06-30 I don't know how much longer I can keep going:

Dear precious RJ..   I feel sad for you.  At 17 you should be carefree and full of the joy of self-discovery and wonder at the world and it's people. (Cue the violins!) It seldom is though, is it?    

2015-06-28 I don't know how much longer I can keep going:

Dear RJ,  I am glad that you have written to me. From your letter, you seem an articulate, very intelligent young woman. The symptoms you describe are those of depression. Unfortunately low self-esteem


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