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Sophie Turner Responds to Piers Morgan Calling Mental Illness 'Fashionable' With a Twitter Thread

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“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner is not happy with conservative U.K. TV personality Piers Morgan.

On Wednesday, Morgan tweeted a response to an article by The Sun quoting Beverly Callard, who said celebrities are trying to make mental illness “fashionable.” Morgan wrote, “She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true.”

In response, Turner, who has spoken about mental health before, tweeted,

Or maybe they have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects 1 in 4 people in UK per year. But please go ahead and shun them back into silence. Twat.

This isn’t the first time Morgan has been criticized for his insensitivity towards mental health issues. In 2017, after learning 34 million people in the U.K. could have experienced a mental illness, he tweeted the statistic was “utter nonsense” and told Britain to “man up.”

A few hours after posting her initial response to Morgan, Turner shared a four-part tweet series about mental health stigma. She wrote:

People who think it’s okay to make jokes about mental illness, I feel you must be lucky, because surely you don’t understand or can’t comprehend what it is like to have or know someone with an illness like this

She then shared that depression is the second biggest killer for “affluent” parts of Europe and America, which may be in reference to old statistics from an article published in 1999. According to updated information from the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide.

She encouraged her fans to keep speaking out about their experiences and ended with a message for folks who may be struggling with their mental health.

 If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources. 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 reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

Image via Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore

Originally published: January 11, 2019
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