The famed Irish singer Sinead O’Connor recently raised a great deal of concern after speaking about her mental health issues and thoughts of suicide in a Facebook
video. (After posting the video, her Facebook page told people she was “safe” and “not suicidal.”
In response, Fiona Apple, who has also struggled with her mental health as well,
posted her own video. As Rolling Stone reports, Apple said, “I want you to know that you are my hero as well. I just saw the video of you and I don’t want you to feel like that. You’ve given so much. And I wish I could be there. I wish I could be of some use to you…I’m your friend, that’s all I want to say, and you’re my hero.”
As this story is being completed, O’Connor is apparently still struggling, with
The Mighty reporting that she checked herself into a hospital. But in a follow-up video, she was grateful for everyone’s concern. “The awesome power of Facebook video,” she said. “Apart from the weeks that my children were born, I’ve got to say this has been the most beautiful week of my f-ing life.”
And in response to being so public about her suffering, The Guardian wrote, “Thank you, Sinead O’Connor, for showing the messy reality of mental illness… The Irish singer’s Facebook video is difficult to watch but vitally important…thank you for showing the reality of mental illness. The wailing, ranting, desperate demon that secretly tortures millions. I’ve never been to that motel in New Jersey, but I have been in that room with you.