Is there a Hero in the Mental Illness Stigma Battle? What about Sinead O’Connor?

Less than twenty days after Chester Bennington’s suicide we are in the situation to see another suffering soul struggle with the same question – is this life worth living? Dealing with such dilemma is hard on its own, but when the stigma of mental illness is hanging above your head, it all becomes thousand times more complicated.

Before I tell you more about it, you should watch for yourself:

You may or may not know who Sinead O’Connor is when you hear her name or see her picture, even from her younger days, but once you listen to “Nothing Compares To You” everything becomes more clear.

This beautiful, strong woman who empowered many of us, and gave us permission to feel and express our deepest emotions through her songs seems to be on edge. Today, she is a 50-year-old lady, and she’s been through a lot.

When you take a look at her life and everything she talks about in her video that went viral, you’ll see that other than fame, her life is the kind you can identify with. She fought a kidney disease; she was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and keeping her mental health at the point was her biggest battle.

The fact that she recorded this video and it had seen the day of the light is great.

For one thing, support in the shape of fans, friends, family and mental health professionals came rushing in, which lead to famous singer feeling much better and not suicidal anymore.

She reminded us how important it is to show love and compassion on a daily basis.

On the other hand, she showed us that there is no shame in feeling inadequate and desperate.

At last, it is okay, and you should ask for help – from your loved ones and your psychiatrist or psychologist.

You are not alone. Keep that in mind.

In the end, all I have to say is dear Sinead and anyone else who feels the same, stay strong because nothing compares to you.