Rosie Connolly opens up about mental health struggles: “Behind the smile is a battle to get up”

She has shared a very honest post on social media

Rosie for VIP Magazine pic: Lili Forberg
Rosie for VIP Magazine pic: Lili Forberg

Top blogger Rosie Connolly has opened up about her ten year struggle with mental health.

In a very honest post, the Dubliner revealed that it has had a massive impact on her life, and she’s been finding it increasing difficult to deal with over recent weeks.

Alongside a picture of herself on Instagram, Rosie said, “What you see – just another selfie on your feed. What I see – behind the smile is a battle to get up, dressed and ready to face the world once again.

She was very brave to open up

“I have been struggling with my mental health for 10 years and have had it under control for the past three years. However recently I’ve been struggling again. I’ve been on medication for years, have done CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), read self help books and they all worked.

“However things have changed lately and that’s ok. It’s ok to struggle again, it’s ok to have to start again in terms of recovery. What I’m not ok with, is painting on a brave face (literally) and posting images which are only a snapshot of my life and not showing the reality – it’s too much pressure for me and it’s really getting me down.

“I feel like I had to keep things positive and not let that slip for my followers, when in actual fact, I’m sure some of you are feeling the same.

Rosie and family for VIP Magazine. Pic: Lili Forberg
Rosie and family for VIP Magazine. Pic: Lili Forberg

“Outside of social media I have talked to my family, my GP and I am doing all I can to mind myself… eating well, avoiding alcohol, taking things slower. But considering social media is such a big part of my life, I felt it’s only right to let you all know where I am at.

“I’m struggling, but I won’t be forever. Talking to someone is the best thing you can do. Surround yourself with people who will listen. They may not have the answers but even just talking about how you feel will help, I promise.

“To anyone feeling the same, feeling off, out of sorts, out of character, you’re 100% not on your own and it’s totally ok to admit that you need some help. I know I can get back to myself with time, and you can too.”

Never be afraid to reach out for help. For more information on how to look after your mental health and well-being, visit www.jigsaw.ie, www.aware.ie, www.samaritans.org or www.pieta.ie.


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