A British man tweeted that his mental health was suffering – and people from across the world responded with uplifting words, images and video clips.
It’s not clear exactly why Edmund O’Leary – a follower of This Site – was moved to express his distress, but living in a country that is shambling from one crisis to another under a government that is worse-than-useless, that takes money from people who need it in order to hand it to the very rich (in return for nothing), that has caused the Brexit crisis and worsened the Covid-19 calamity, might have something to do with it.
I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.
— Edmund O'Leary (@emerald1910) October 16, 2020
How uplifting, then, to see an international range of people using the often-abrasive social media platform to help – incidentally providing all of us with a bit of cheer on a gloomy October weekend:
Hello Edmund. I hope you are feeling better soon. This quote meant a lot to me. I hope it might help you too. ❤️ I leave you my love. pic.twitter.com/oejb0VCtYh
— NKMelvin (@nkmelvin) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund. I wanted to say hello and share this with you. One of my favourite pieces to play. Today it’s for you!
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund! Sometimes this photo of a cow smiling helps get me by. So sorry to hear you’re feeling rock bottom. Sending you all sorts of good vibes, praying for you. Hope all these kind people are helping your day. Much love! 💚 pic.twitter.com/v6XuHUfTud
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund. I bought my mom two kittens after her beloved cat of 19 years died. Here’s one of them, Lulu, playing. Things get better. They always do. pic.twitter.com/RK7ybWIWQk
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmond – here’s a duck 🦆 asking to play through. Hope it gives you a laugh. Also remember – if all you did was make it through the day I am proud of you! pic.twitter.com/ySjWoiZxUu
— John Yonchuk (@No1Lion99) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund. Sending love. Remember, the bottom of the valley never has the clearest view. You will not always feel like this. You will one day feel a lot better and look back and see the distance you made. X
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) October 17, 2020
Hi Edmund. Hope you’re feeling better. Look for the small joys in life – just look at how much happiness a packet of Malted Milk can bring! 😁 look after you x pic.twitter.com/3HkCRBhkLk
— Lynda Povey (@TiredAndWeary49) October 17, 2020
All the above (and more) being said, I have to agree with the following Twitter user, who makes the important point that, perhaps, we would not have to mount this ad hoc effort on Edmund’s behalf if the UK’s mental health care services had not been cut to the bone by successive political administrations who simply don’t care that they are driving people to despair:
This is great and everything, but instead, couldn't we properly fund, resource and organise mental health services so Edmund can get the help he needs?
Words of support are simply no substitute for good meds, good therapy, and good follow-up to check if it's working. pic.twitter.com/21qGRUZdNd
— Tom Dare (@Repka) October 17, 2020
Let’s all try to do a little more to make sure people like Edmund don’t have to go to Twitter for help – and that everybody in need of mental health care can get it. I know Edmund will read this and I hope he’s feeling better. Send us a message!
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