What We Can Learn From Fiona Apple's Response to Sinead O'Connor's Video
Earlier this month, Sinead O’Connor posted a 12-minute video about her mental health to social media. Since then, her video has been viewed over two million times, including by singer Fiona Apple, who shared a video in response to O’Connor on Thursday.
Apple’s video addresses one of the comments made during O’Connor’s video in which O’Connor says:
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 thing keeping me alive at the moment … And that’s kind of pathetic.
Apple replies, in a 38-second video, that O’Connor is her hero, adding:
I want you to know that you are my hero as well. I just saw the video of you and I don’t want you to feel like that. I don’t want you to feel like that. You’ve given so much. And I wish I could be there. I wish I could be of some use to you… I’m your friend, that’s all I want to say, and you’re my hero.
A day after posting her message to O’Connor, Apple posted a second video titled “Sinead O’Connor is my hero.” In the video, Apple watches and sings along to a video of O’Connor performing.
If seeing a celebrity in crisis makes you feel helpless, take a page from Apple’s book and reach out. While celebs have a platform that’s easily accessible to fans, it can be harder for us to make an impact on them. If leaving a supportive comment on social media doesn’t feel like enough, don’t forget about the people in your life you can have an effect on. If there’s someone you know who has a history of struggling with their mental health, reach out and remind them you care about them.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HOME” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.