Fans of Sinead O’Connor have voiced their support and offered help after the singer posted an emotional video online in which she opened up about her mental health problems and having suicidal thoughts.
The Irish singer – whose struggles with mental health issues have been long documented – posted a video to Facebook at the weekend in which she revealed that she is living alone in a Travelodge in the “arse end of New Jersey” after leaving her family in Ireland “because they didn’t care”.
O’Connor went on to state that she had been suffering from suicidal thoughts for the past two years but was determined on “staying alive”, adding: “I am only one of millions and millions and millions of people who are just like me”.
“Mental illness, it’s a bit like drugs, it doesn’t give a shit who you are,” the singer continued. “And you know what’s worse? The stigma doesn’t give a shit who you are.”
“I’m not going to die, I’m not going to die but still this is no way for people to be living.”
Since posting the video, O’Connor’s fans have reached out to offer their support in her time of need. Actress Rose McGowan tweeted: “Thinking of Sinéad O’Connor tonight and all of those who struggle with mental illness. A heartbreaking journey. Please hang on.”
Thinking of Sinéad O'Connor tonight and all of those who struggle with mental illness. A heartbreaking journey. Please hang on.
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) August 6, 2017
Sinead O'Connor, you are not your mental illness. Know that your illness does not make you crazy or attention seeking. You are not alone.
— Gilluis Pérez (@GilluisPerez_) August 8, 2017
i just want Sinead O'Connor to be ok. i've been there–tell me what to do or where to go to help. she deserves so much love. ❤️❤️❤️
— Kevin Allred (@KevinAllred) August 8, 2017
I hope Sinead O'Connor is ok. She's a genius and a feminist who challenged the Church on abortion. We took so much inspiration from her
— Nancy Jo Sales (@nancyjosales) August 8, 2017
If you're making fun of Sinead O'Connor right now, you're an evil prick. #mentalillness is not a joke. Reach out and take care of family.
— Skarlet Karson (@IdesKat315) August 8, 2017
That video of Sinead O'Connor broke my heart, I'd love to get on a plane and give her a big hug and bring her home with me!!💔❤️
— amanda bowes (@AmandaBowes_) August 4, 2017