Dealing with mental illnesses is generally challenging, but due to these hard times, it is even easier to trigger anxiety, depression, or simply to feel alone.
The same happened to Edmund O’Leary who shared his feelings on Twitter reaching for emotional support: “I am not ok. Feeling rock bottom. Please take a few seconds to say hello if you see this tweet. Thank you,” it stated.
And in no time, the 51-year-old father became viral with hundreds of thousands of heart-warming messages from people all over the world. Some tweeted him spirit-lifting messages and video clips, while others shared adorable images.
In a recent interview, he said that around 18.5 million people have seen his tweet.
“The whole experience has been absolutely surreal and provides me with a lot of hope. I’ve gone from feeling like a nobody to feeling like a somebody,” O’Leary explained for BBC Breakfast. “To have that happen overnight is just surreal, something that most ordinary people have never experienced or will never experience.”
Becoming a true star, and meeting a lot of well-known journalists, O’Leary also announced that his LinkedIn profile has increased 1783% in people viewing it on last week.