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8 November 2016, 12:25
"Recovery is possible."
Over the past year, we've seen a lot of actors and artists open up about mental health and other important body issues to their fans but there's rarely a word spoken about self-harm. That was until Shannon Purser - aka ya home girl Barb on Stranger Things - opened up about a pretty serious health issue.
*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven't self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, "just in case." I forgot it was there & now it's in the trash. pic.twitter.com/C0oAQTL0IM— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016
Recovery is possible. Please don't give up on yourself.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016
@shannonpurser i'm so fucking proud of you. This make me so happy!! I'm soon 1 year clean!— pretty emi (@lovatisime) November 7, 2016
@shannonpurser i'm so happy for you. and proud. it's not easy. i'll be one yr clean next month. i don't even know where my "just in case" is— haIIie (@rriiver) November 7, 2016
@shannonpurser So glad you can share your struggles! And yes! The trash is where it belongs! I'm a little over a year and a half now! :)— Katrina (@hopeimophelia) November 7, 2016
@shannonpurser knowing that other people (especially someone who i look up to) have struggled with the same thing is kind of comforting— niina (@gillykatic) November 8, 2016
It's so important for people to hear others talk about serious topics as such as self harm, and particularly even more so from an actor on the most talked about TV show in the world right now. We seriously applaud Shannon for using her platform to discuss a topic like this.
Speaking to ET after posting the tweets, Shannon said: "I'm so happy to be able to help other people by talking about my struggles. I guess I'd just say, 'You're worthy of love, valuable, and beautiful. You can and will get through this.'"