Ms Stevens said she continued to struggle with her mental health after that day, but it has become easier to manage as she gets older.
She said the experience made her realise that life is fragile.
Now at 25 years of age, Ms Stevens said she could have never have dreamt what life would hold for her. She said that experience was a short part of a long life, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time.
“Life has changed so dramatically, and I didn’t anticipate that. I didn’t know that.”
Ms Stevens wrote a book about her struggle with anorexia and mental health. She now finds strength in the past, in what were her weakest days.
Headspace chief executive Jason Trethowan said it’s “extremely important” to talk about suicide in ways that “can help people think about the devastating and far reaching impact it has on others”.
“There is no evident that suggests asking a young person about suicidal thoughts or behaviours is harmful or put the ideas in their heads, there are just different ways of going about that,” he said.
“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.”
Mr Trethowan said talking about suicide ideation was becoming increasingly common among young people, their family and friends because the suicide rate continued to increase, and there are more people touched by suicide.
“Talking about suicide isn’t something we should shy away from,” he said.
“I hope Rachael’s message changes one person’s thoughts. That would be a great result.”
With thanks to the Canberra Time 19 August 2017