Unemployed father-of-two, 51, tweets 'I am not OK' after 'horrendous' year
An unemployed father-of-two has been flooded with messages of support on social media after he took to Twitter and candidly admitted 'I am not OK' having endured months living alone during the pandemic.
Edmund O'Leary, 51, from Epsom, Surrey, who has had depression for more than a decade, admitted his mental health had plummeted during coronavirus and he had hit 'rock bottom' as he took to Twitter to share his mental anguish with others.
Within hours of asking for help, Mr O'Leary was inundated with 300,000 heartening responses from well-wishers from across 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'Leary wrote: 'I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you.'
Mr O' Leary, who has been unemployed for 18 months after working as a mental health advisor, later explained that this 'absolutely horrendous' year had taken a toll on his mental health.
The father had hoped to see his son Patrick 22, graduate with a first-class degree and was also due to take his other son Conner to Dublin to begin his PhD but both were subsequently cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis.
He told The Sunday Times: 'Most days are really rubbish, and yesterday was another day I was feeling really low. I thought: ''I'm going to be honest.''
'I am shocked at the degree of the response. It has ...
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