An unemployed father of two has been inundated with statements of support on social media after taking to Twitter and candidly admitting ‘I’m not okay’.
Edmund O’Leary, 51, of Epsom, Surrey, who has suffered from depression for over a decade, admitted that his mental health had plummeted during the pandemic and that he had hit rock bottom when he took to Twitter to address his mental anguish. share with others.
Within minutes of asking for help, Mr. O’Leary was inundated with 300,000 heartfelt responses from benefactors around the world.
In his post, which has now been viewed more than ten million times and is loved by more than 230,000 people, Mr. O’Leary wrote, “I’m not okay. Feeling a rock bottom. Take a few seconds to say hello when you see this tweet. Thank you.’
Edmund O’Leary, 51, from Epsom, Surrey, took to Twitter on Friday to frankly admit, ‘I’m not OK’
Dad of two told social media users he hit ‘rock bottom’ before asking others to ‘say hello’
Mr. O’Leary, who was unemployed for 18 months after working as a mental health counselor, later explained that this ‘absolutely horrible’ year had taken its toll on his mental health.
The father had hoped to see his son Patrick 22 graduate with a first-class diploma and would also bring his other son Conner to Dublin to start his PhD, but both were subsequently canceled due to the coronavirus crisis.
He told The Sunday Times: ‘Most days are really nonsense, and yesterday was another day when I felt very sad. I thought, “ I’m going to be honest. ”
‘I am shocked by the level of response. It’s been phenomenal … It was just crazy. ‘
He added: ‘This year was absolutely awful. My mental health has really taken a hard hit. I live alone, I am divorced, I don’t have much family support. ‘
Following his honest message, social media users rushed to the platform to share their words of encouragement.
One user wrote: ‘Hi Edmund! We don’t know each other, but I know so many people now feel heavy. This year’s toll is enormous. Just remember it’s a relay; we can all share the baton.
‘You are not alone. Better days are coming. You deserve them. ‘
While another said, ‘Hey Edmund! You are a brave boy who brings out your feelings! Your courage has allowed many people to talk about how they feel.
Despite feeling down, you have done a lot of good. I am very grateful! Bless you! ‘
Another person commented, “Hi Edmund, I have an idea of what it feels like to be at rock bottom. Remember that you are loved, that you matter and that these feelings are only temporary. You did the right thing by getting in touch. ‘
When Edmund O’Leary felt rock bottom, he turned to Twitter for help, asking people to take a moment to say hello.
To his surprise, he was inundated with statements of support when his story reached 18 million people around the world.
– ITV News (@itvnews) October 18, 2020
Mr. O’Leary said he had received statements of support from all over the world, including California and Australia
Social media users used Twitter to share their words of encouragement and support
And one user added, “Hi Edmund. I am a fellow Brit currently confused by the state of the world. Feel free to send me a message whenever you feel the need to get on with it or just talk about things. It says you like aviation. Tell me are you flying? What is your favorite plane? ‘
Elsewhere, others said Mr. O’Leary’s candid confession resonated with them as well.
One person wrote, ‘Hello Edmund. I have also been to the same place very recently. Please know that you are not alone – there are many millions of us who feel the same way, ready to help and support you in this. You are strong. You can do this. We believe in you. ‘
While another said, “Hi Edmund, I had only just arrived anyway. From my experience, there is a way up and out – and all the time you need to progress. Please hand in there. ‘
The father of two later told us ITV News: “Suffering from depression in normal times is one thing, but ultimately suffering from depression during a global pandemic where there is very little good news is devastating.”
He added, ‘I’ve had people tweet from California. I’ve had people tweeted from Canada. I’ve had tweets from Australia. A little boy said to his mother, “ I really feel for Edmund O’Leary and I want him to know that he is loved ”.
‘People crave hope, love and a little bit of good news and I think my little tweet has turned into, I think, a good news story.’
Some on Twitter said the candid message also resonated with them when they offered their encouraging responses