An unemployed father-of-two has been flooded with messages of help on social media after he took to Twitter and candidly admitted ‘I’m not OK.’
Edmund O’Leary, 51, from Epsom, Surrey, who has had depression for greater than a decade, admitted his psychological well being had plummeted in the course of the pandemic and he had hit ‘all-time low’ as he took to Twitter to share his psychological anguish with others.
Inside minutes of asking for assist, Mr O’Leary was inundated with 300,000 heartening responses from well-wishers from the world over.
In his message, which has now been considered greater than ten million instances and appreciated by greater than 230,000 individuals, Mr O’Leary wrote: ‘I’m not okay. Feeling all-time low. Please take a number of seconds to say hey in the event you see this tweet. Thanks.’
Edmund O’Leary, 51, from Epsom, Surrey, took to Twitter on Friday to candidly admit: ‘I’m not OK’
The daddy-of-two instructed social media customers he had hit ‘all-time low’ earlier than asking others to ‘say hey’
Mr O’ Leary, who has been unemployed for 18 months after working as a psychological well being advisor, later defined that this ‘completely horrendous’ yr had taken a toll on his psychological well being.
The daddy had hoped to see his son Patrick 22, graduate with a first-class diploma and was additionally attributable to take his different son Conner to Dublin to start his PhD however each have been subsequently known as off amid the coronavirus disaster.
He instructed ITV News: ‘Struggling with despair throughout regular instances is one factor however to finish up struggling with despair throughout a world pandemic the place there’s little or no excellent news is devastating.’
He added: ‘I’ve had individuals tweet from California. I’ve had individuals tweet from Canada. I’ve had tweets from Australia. One little boy stated to his mummy: ”I actually really feel for Edmund O’Leary and I need him to know he’s beloved”.
‘Individuals are craving for hope, love and a bit of fine information and I feel my little tweet has changed into I suppose a excellent news story.’
Following his candid message, social media customers rushed to the platform to share their phrases of encouragement.
One person wrote: ‘Hiya Edmund! We do not know one another, however I do know that so so so many individuals are feeling heavy proper now. The toll of this yr is immense. Simply keep in mind that it is a relay; we will all share the baton.
‘You are not alone. Higher days are coming. You deserve them.’
Whereas one other stated: ‘Hey Edmund! You are a courageous lad placing your emotions on the market! Your braveness has given lots of people permission to speak about how they’re feeling.
‘Regardless of feeling low, you’ve got accomplished plenty of good. I’m very grateful! Bless you!’
One other particular person commented: ‘Hello Edmund, I’ve an thought of what it feels wish to be at ”all-time low”. Keep in mind that you’re beloved, you matter and that these emotions are solely short-term. You’ve got accomplished the suitable factor by reaching out.’
When Edmund O’Leary was feeling at all-time low, he turned to Twitter for assist, asking individuals to take a second to say hey.
To his shock, he was flooded with messages of help as his story reached 18 million individuals all over the world.
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Mr O’Leary stated he had acquired messages of help from the world over, together with California and Australia
Social media customers took to Twitter to share their phrases of encouragement and provide their help
And one person added: ‘Hello Edmund. I am a fellow Brit confused by the state of the world proper now. Be at liberty to message me anytime you’re feeling the necessity to rant or simply chat about stuff. It says you want aviation. Inform me, do you fly? Whats your favorite airplane?’
Elsewhere others stated Mr O’Leary’s candid admission had resonated with them too.
One particular person wrote: ‘Hello Edmund. I have been in the identical place myself very just lately too. Please know that you just aren’t alone – there are lots of tens of millions of us out right here feeling the identical manner, prepared to assist and help you thru this. You’re sturdy. You are able to do this. We consider in you.’
Whereas one other added: ‘Hiya Edmund, I used to be simply there just lately, as a matter of truth. From my expertise, there’s a manner up and out of it- and on a regular basis you might want to make your progress. Please hand in there.’
The daddy-of-two later admitted he was overwhelmed with the type responses from well-wishers the world over.
He instructed The Sunday Occasions: ‘Most days are actually garbage, and yesterday was one other day I used to be feeling actually low. I believed: ”I will be sincere.”
‘I’m shocked on the diploma of the response. It has been phenomenal … It was simply loopy.
‘If I have been to answer each single tweet, I am not joking, I might must make use of employees.’
Some on Twitter stated the candid message had resonated with them too as they supplied their encouraging responses