A friend of Sinead O'Connor took to Facebook to announce that the singer is not suicidal after she posted a video on social media talking about her struggle with mental illness.
O'Connor, 50, posted a 12-minute video on Facebook on Aug. 3 in which she admitted she was suicidal, the Daily Mail reported. She captioned the video, "I MADE THIS VIDEO BECAUSE I AM ONE OF MILLIONS."
In the video, which was filmed in Hackensack, O'Connor said she was in bad shape:
I am now living in a Travelodge motel in the a**e end of New Jersey. I'm all by myself. And there's absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist -- the sweetest man on earth, who says I'm his hero -- and that's about the only f***ing thing keeping me alive at the moment... and that's kind of pathetic.
I want everyone to know what it's like, that's why I'm making this video. Mental illness, it's like drugs, it doesn't give a s**t who you are, and equally what's worse, it's the stigma, it doesn't give a s**t who you are.
Suddenly all the people who are supposed to be loving you and taking care of you are treating you like s**t. It's like a witch hunt.
The mother-of-four added that she was "fighting like all the millions of people" battling a mental illness.
"If it was just for me I'd be gone. Straight away back to my mum... because I've walked this earth alone for two years now as punishment for being mentally f***ing ill and getting angry that no one would f***ing take care of me," O'Connor said. "I'm a 5-foot 4-inch little f***ing woman wandering the world for two years by myself."
The clip was viewed more than 800,000 times, and thousands of fans commented with messages of support and concern.
"Sinead, can I come spend some time with you and chat and talk and cry and hug?" asked one Facebook user. "I am in Pennsylvania. Depending what town you are in, it should only be a few hours drive. PLEASE let me know. I want to help."
"You are so right about the isolation that mental illness brings," wrote another. "The invalidation by others can be crushing. You'll come through this."
"I adore you. This is so brave. I'm praying for you to be reunited with your family in a positive way," added another user. "In the meantime, your advocating for the mentally ill is powerful. I hug you through my laptop."
On Aug. 8, a person believed to be a friend of O'Connor posted an update on the singer's Facebook account.
"Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead's request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal," the post read. "She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care. She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I won't respond to any questions, so please understand. I hope this comforts those of you were concerned."