Sinead Hopes Attitude Towards Mental Health Disorders Can Change

August 18, 2014

Sinead O’Connor, one of the most recognizable names and faces in the music industry, has praised the compassion shown since the death of Robin Williams but says she wishes the same could be shown towards young women who suffer from mental illness.

Sinead, who suffers from depression and has attempted suicide in the past, said in a recent interview that in the wake of Williams’ death, she hopes attitudes to mental health disorders can change.

The “Nothing Compares to You” singer told she believes media coverage of famous women struggling with depression is “notoriously abusive”. As examples of stars who have struggled with mental health, but have been “lynched” by the press, she used Amanda Bynes and Britney Spears.

Both of them have gone through some tough times and have had public breakdowns, like Bynes’ number of incidents with the police and Spears’ head-shaving.

Bynes was treated at a private psychiatric unit last year for schizophrenia.

The 47-year-old Irish singer believes that when you admit that you are anything that could be mistakenly, or otherwise, perceived as “mentally ill,” you know that you are going to get treated like dirt “so you don’t go tell anybody and that’s why people die.”

O’ Connor also stated that it is very important “not to buffoon delicate young ladies in the street” or call them “crazy” in news reports. She would like to see the media apologize to Bynes and Spears, but added that she does not need an apology herself as she is a “tough cookie”.

O’ Connor was in the limelight last year when she wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus and warned her about the exploitation dangers of the music industry. Cyrus responded with a tweet mocking O’Connor’s mental health. That was the last drop which made the world pretty much fed up with Cyrus.