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The unemployed father of two children, 51, tweeted after a "terrible" year: "I'm not okay"


An unemployed father of two was flooded with messages of support on social media after going on Twitter and openly admitting that I was not doing well.

Edmund O & # 39; Leary, 51, of Epsom, Surrey, who has suffered from depression for more than a decade, admitted that his mental health had plummeted during the pandemic and that he had bottomed out on Twitter to share his mental agony with to share him with others.

Within minutes of asking for help, Mr. O'Leary was inundated with 300,000 encouraging responses from well-wishers from around the world.

In his message, which has now been viewed more than ten million times and liked by more than 230,000 people, Mr O & # 39; Leary wrote: “I'm not fine. I feel down. Please take a few seconds to say hello when you see this tweet. Thank you. & # 39;

Edmund O & # 39; Leary, 51, of Epsom, Surrey, took to Twitter on Friday to openly admit, "I'm not fine."

The father of two told social media users he hit rock bottom before asking others to say hello.

The father of two told social media users he hit rock bottom before asking others to say hello.

Mr O'Leary, who has been unemployed for 18 months after working as a mental health advisor, later stated that this "absolutely terrible" year had affected his mental health.

The father had hoped to see his son Patrick 22 with a first class degree and was supposed to bring his other son Conner to Dublin to begin his doctorate as well, but both were later canceled in the coronavirus crisis.

He told the Sunday Times, “Most days are really rubbish, and yesterday was another day I felt really bad. I thought, "I'll be honest."

'I am shocked at the level of response. It was phenomenal … It was just crazy. & # 39;

He added: 'This year has been absolutely terrible. My mental health has really been hit. I live alone, I'm divorced, don't have much family support. & # 39;

Following his honest message, social media users rushed to the platform to share their words of encouragement.

One user wrote: & # 39; Hello Edmund! We don't know each other, but I know that so many people are feeling difficult right now. The toll this year is immense. Remember that it is a relay. we can all share the baton.

& # 39; You are not alone. Better days will come. You deserve it. & # 39;

While another said: & # 39; Hey Edmund! You are a brave boy expressing your feelings out there! Your courage has given many people permission to talk about how they are feeling.

“Even though you feel bad, you have done a lot of good. I'm very grateful! Health! & # 39;

Another person commented, "Hi Edmund, I have an idea of ​​what it feels like to be at the bottom." Remember that you are loved, that you are important, and that these feelings are temporary. You did the right thing by stretching out. & # 39;

Mr O'Leary said he has received messages of support from all over the world, including California and Australia

Mr O'Leary said he has received messages of support from all over the world, including California and Australia

Social media users went to Twitter to share their words of encouragement and offer their support

Social media users went to Twitter to share their words of encouragement and offer their support

And one user added: 'Hi Edmund. I'm a British man just confused about the state of the world. You can always message me if you feel the need to scold or just chat about things. They say you like aviation. Tell me do you fly What's your favorite plane? & # 39;

Elsewhere, others said that Mr O & # 39; Leary's open admission resonated with them too.

One person wrote: 'Hello Edmund. I've been to the same place myself lately too. Please know that you are not alone – there are many millions of us out here who do the same, ready to help and support you. You are strong. You can do it. We believe in you. & # 39;

Another added, “Hi Edmund, I was actually there recently. In my experience, there is a way out – and all the time it takes to make progress. Please hand it in there. & # 39;

The father of two later told ITV News, "Being depressed during normal times is one thing, but suffering from depression is devastating during a global pandemic where there is very little good news."

He added, “I tweeted people from California. I tweeted people from Canada. I've had tweets from Australia. One young boy said to his mother, "I really feel for Edmund O & # 39; Leary and I want him to know that he is loved."

"People crave hope, love, and some good news, and I think my little tweet has turned into good news."

Some on Twitter said the open message resonated with them as well as they gave their encouraging responses

Some on Twitter said the open message resonated with them as well as they gave their encouraging responses

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