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Sinead O'Connor 'receiving the best of care'

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Sinead O'Connor is "surrounded by love and receiving the best of care", according to a representative.

On Tuesday, the singer had said she felt "suicidal" in an emotional video uploaded to her Facebook account.

In a follow-up message published on Wednesday, an unnamed spokesperson said: "I am posting at Sinead's request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and not suicidal.

"She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her."

"I hope this comforts those of you were concerned," they added.

O'Connor is seen crying in the 12-minute video, which she said she was uploading in an effort to help people understand mental illness.

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Image caption O'Connor uploaded the video to Facebook earlier this week

"I am now living in a motel in New Jersey. I'm all by myself," she said.

"Mental illness, it's like drugs, it doesn't [care] who you are, and equally what's worse, the stigma doesn't care who you are.

"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.

"I want everyone to know what it's like, that's why I'm making this video."

'Vulnerable people'

O'Connor criticised her family for not taking better care of her over the last two years.

"I am one of millions... people who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth, we can't take care of ourselves, you've got to take care of us," she said.

"My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that's not living. And I'm not going to die, but still, this is no way for people to be living."

The singer was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003, but she later said she had been misdiagnosed and actually suffered from depression and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ‚Äč(CPTSD).

Depression: Where to get help?

  • Talk to someone you trust about how you are feeling - don't suffer in silence
  • If it's become a long-term problem, see your GP - you may need medication
  • Help yourself by getting some exercise, eating healthily and doing things you enjoy
  • If the depression has been continuing for some time, you may need to be referred for therapy or counselling

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