Our Story

The seed of ThinkTwice was planted during one of our founder Rachael’s darkest hours. She was on an adult psychiatric ward aged sixteen when she listened to a sermon on John 1, the message of Jesus bringing light to the darkness left a clear mark and message.

You’ve got to shine in here. 

The words were buried for a number of years until Rachael became a volunteer chaplain on mental health units. As she listened to patients’ stories the words emerged from her memory.

You’ve got to shine in here. 

She felt clearly that the message of hope found in the gospel was one which those who live with mental illness need to hear – and the church needed to be able to share it. 

A few weeks later Rachael was woken up with the words ThinkTwice and the image of a butterfly, when she looked at it the following morning she felt strongly that this was going to be a ministry for churches to better understand mental illness, but at nineteen she had no idea what this was going to look like – so she started a Facebook page and a blog.

When she returned to bible college after the summer, she started a mental health prayer group and found herself devising content to educate and raise awareness on the issues they were praying about. She didn’t know it – but this was the beginning of the ThinkTwice course.

In 2013 Rachael spoke to 1000 youth workers at the Youth Work Summit and delivered a pilot ThinkTwice course at a local church, it was a huge turning point and since then she’s delivered over twenty courses nationally and has many more to come!


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