Sinead O’Connor Opens Up About Mental Illness on Facebook
Musician Sinead O’Connor recorded and posted a video on Facebook from a South Hackensack motel—described by her as “the arse end of New Jersey.” The Irish singer, well-known for her version of the song “Nothing Compares 2 U,” tearfully opened up about her struggles with mental illness and suicidal thoughts in the 12-minute video posted on August 3.
“I hope this video is somehow helpful,” she said. “Not actually to me but the fact that I know I’m only one of millions of millions of millions of people who are just like me who don’t have necessarily the resources that I have in my heart, or my purse for that matter.”
O’Connor, who suffers from three mental illnesses, stated that she has walked the world alone for two years as punishment for being mentally ill, angry and suicidal. She explained that mental illness is like addiction, in that it doesn’t care who you are. “People who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on Earth,” she said. “You’ve got to take care of us. We’re not like everybody else.”
In the video, O’Connor asked her children in Ireland why it’s acceptable for their mother to be living in a Travelodge motel.
Keith Kaulfers, a guest also staying at the Travelodge motel, was surprised to find out that O’Connor was staying there as well. “I think she would stay at a much nicer place—a hotel, five stars, things like that,” he said.
In her video, O’Connor encouraged people to care for those suffering with mental illness. “Don’t wait until it’s too late,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve already abandoned them. Go get them.”
Many people using substances feel exactly the same way as Sinead. They just don’t talk about it. If you peek back the layers, the root of substance abuse problems is mental health issues.
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