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Jessie J has shown her vulnerable side to her millions of followers in a new Instagram video, which has currently racked up almost half a million views.

She opens up about her struggles with anxiety and depression while encouraging the younger generation not to "hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image."

The British artist attempts to hold back tears as she plays the piano and sings, explaining that she's been feeling "kinda off", and wanted to express herself through music. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I didn't know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment," Jessie explains "But it's important to be open that we are not always done up and feeling 100."

The 30-year-old is trying to set a good mental health example for younger and older generations, saying; "In a time and a world (especially the social world), sadly vulnerability is often seen as weakness."

She captioned the post; "I’m not posting this for sympathy. Im posting this for anyone who needs to see it (I needed it). This video is from yesterday. I woke up, feeling kinda off. I sat at the piano (which I’ve been avoiding) knowing it will bring some stuff up."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The continued, emotionally expressing her hope that vulnerability can be seen as a strength in the future;

"I’m making it up and feeling my real feelings. I went live as I wanted to share with you guys the moment. I didn’t know I would cry. I was live for a minute or two before this moment. But it’s important to be open… All of us have our days. Yesterday was one of my weird emotional days."

"The younger generation are almost being taught to hide their real feelings behind a perfected edited image. Hence why anxiety and depression in kids is through the roof and only carries to their adult life if it doesn’t change."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"One of the biggest killers in men under 30 is suicide," she said, nothing the shocking statistics, especially for the male gender, who account for eight in 10 suicides in Ireland every year.

"We push our feelings to the bottom of our energy and hope it goes away. It won’t. Don’t define yourself on it. But stand with it, process it and learn from it. Find YOUR happiness. No one can make you happy but you. People can contribute. But ultimate happiness comes from within. It’s a personal journey."

She concluded; "I have said time and time again in recent years I don’t want to be a role model but I want to inspire. To anyone young or older. Let your sadness/pain/grief out. In your OWN way."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Another thing… TALK to people you love when you are down. Please do not suffer in silence. Life is way too short and ALWAYS GETS BETTER. I’m thinking of you and sending love to your heart," she said.

The singer has been open in the past about her struggles with grief and sadness, especially after the recent death of her head bodyguard over the New Year.

The video is hugely emotional, and we hope it inspires her fans, young and old, to allow themselves to be vulnerable. With the digital age, mental health statistics for young people are worse then ever.

Jessie J really is one brave, talented gal. 

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Singer-songwriting sensation Jessie J has announced on Instagram that she is taking a break from social media following the heartbreaking death of her bodyguard.

In the lengthy post, she writes that she would like to focus on being "present" with those whom she loves, citing "some unexpected heavy personal stuff" as the reason for her break. 

"When sadness hits it's important we embrace it, so it doesn't define us. I have to practice on myself what I talk about in stage and in my music too. In a good way."

The Price Tag singer disclosed that her security team member, Dave, passed away very suddenly a few weeks ago. He was part of her team for four years, and the singer described him as "family".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 30-year-old singer admitted that it was finally time to "practice on myself what I talk about" through her music and while performing.

Announcing that the break would be from all social media for a considerable length of time, she finished by writing;

"Want to live in the moment as much as I can and not through my phone. I love you all. Happy new year. The year of living the best life for you!"

She was undeniably close with her bodyguard, Dave. She shared images of him via her Instagram account, describing him as a loving father and a man of immense kindness

She captioned another post;

"I wrote this because I want everyone to remember the man you were. You were a gentle giant with a heart so big everyone felt it. I love you so much. We were supposed to meet for hot chocolate next week. 

"I miss you. I will see you on the other side one day. Rest easy Dave, give your Dad a hug from me"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The circumstances around his death are unclear, but it's obvious just how heartbroken Jessie J is. 

Our deepest condolences to the singer, as well as Dave's family. 

We hope she gains the peace she deeply needs during her social media hiatus. 

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Ariana Grande has been through a lot.

The singer had announced earlier this month, that she was taking some "much needed time to heal and mend" following "events of the past couple of years."

The 25-year-old was, of course, referring to the Manchester bombings in 2017, which tragically claimed the lives of 22 people.

Just when Ariana thought the worst was over, heartbreakingly she was informed of Mac Miller's untimely death.

In a series of tweets, Ariana expressed just how difficult this past month has been for her.

But she reassured fans not to be concerned about her cryptic tweet, that she is trying to get back to some sort of normal.  

Replying to a fan, she said: "you're angels in my life. It's just been a tough month. I'm trying to get my work done and get back to normal, and it's hard, and I'm human and tired. Sorry I let you in or worried you. I shouldn't have tweeted. I know better."

That cryptic tweet was published an hour earlier, and it's completely understandable that fan expressed their worry for the God Is A Woman artist.

Ariana wrote: "Can I please have one okay day. Just one, please."

Given all she has been through, you can't blame Ariana for the tweet. 

Going through the grief of a loved one is never easy and it's most definitely a long healing process.

We hope that Ariana gets her peace soon. 

 

 

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Jamie Dornan has opened up about losing his mum Lorna to pancreatic cancer. The actor was a mere 16-years-old when his mum passed away.

He got honest about the impact it had on him in an interview with Press Association.

The Fall star was only 14-years-old when his mum was diagnosed with cancer. “I look back on that time and see it in a very blurry way. I was very young. Every kid at that age is naive. I felt like I was particularly young and naive at that time.”

 

His mum’s untimely death caused Jamie to grow up very quickly.

The actor admitted that the pain of losing a parent never leaves you. “It has an ever evolving effect on me, that loss, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

The 36-year-old continued: “I feel like every single day it has an effect on me in ways which I am aware of and some ways I think I am not aware of.”

Jamie isn’t alone in his grief. He is aware of the millions of families who lose loved ones to cancer across the globe.

“Lots of people have lost people that are very dear to them at a young age. That’s the sad thing about this illness particularly, it seems to get people young, who often have very young families,” he said.

Jamie gushed about his mum and said she would have been thrilled with his success. The actor believes she would have loved the glamour of his career.

He added: “Hopefully there is some world where she has an awareness of it.”

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Kate Spade’s passing shattered the hearts of millions of people around the world.

Many people were stunned to hear the designer died by suicide, because “she had it all,” but as many people pointed out- mental health affects everyone.

 

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At the time of her death, her husband Andrew shared that the 55-year-old had been battling many personal demons.

Over a month has passed since her death and Andrew has taken to Instagram to post about the tragic loss.

He shared a photo of a tree decorated in colourful lights outside their family friend’s home.

“She was born Christmas Eve, 1962. She loved the Midwest, the desert, and the city,” he wrote.

Andrew explained that their daughter Bea had spent some time with family friends shortly after her mum’s death.

“I was lucky enough to have dear friends let my daughter stay at their home through a difficult time,” he shared. Bea and her dad decorated the tree in honour of Kate: “This tree was standing alone beside the house so we ordered those multi colored, old fashioned lights from Amazon or Target and another dear personal friend gave me a really Iong extension cord.”

He continued: “Bea and I cut a star out of the cardboard box the lights came on and wrapped it in Reynolds wrap like we do every Christmas.”

 

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The post has been inundated with comments of love and support.

Andrew and Bea’s moving tribute to the woman they loved will bring a tear to your eye. Christmas is bound to be a harrowing time for both of them, but we’re sure they’ll find comfort in their memories of Kate.

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Most of us have experienced grief at some point in our lives, and it is hard to overcome. However, the lovely O'Toole family are here to help anyone who needs support during tragic times.

It is amazing how many lives that they have already changed!

Unfortunately, the O'Toole's have experienced their own heartbreak, losing three beloved family members way at young ages.

But they have not let this terrible grief keep them down forever. Instead, they have decided to give back and help others who are experiencing a similar situation.

The family lost 7-year-old Declan to a brain tumour, 30-year-old Jacinta to a brain aneurysm, and 32-year-old Fintan, who was closest to Declan.

In their honour, they started a charity that aims to provide grief-stricken children with a support network as well as an outlet to celebrate their own personal achievements and triumphs.

The charity is called Jacinta’s smile and has already been able to help children and young adults everywhere.

Now, the family is starting a new initiative and joining with other organisations to make counselling services available all throughout Ireland.

They will be offering mentoring services as well, where young members who have been helped by the charity will become a ‘Big Brother/Sister’ to new members.

The Big Brother program is a great way for children who have trouble talking to adults, to open up to and learn from children their age that have been where they are.

And right now, the O’Toole family wants you to be able to partake in their adventure.

All you have to do is send in a postcard. Easy enough, right?

Mail an anonymous postcard with a message to a loved one that you’ve lost. It could be one sentence or 100, depending what you can fit on there.

(Yes, we are talking about old school mailing in the post. The process of describing your feelings and sending it off to somewhere far is a great way to help you heal).

The message can be a photo, a story, or whatever you like.

It is a great way to purge yourself of any held back emotions or feelings of missing out on that one last thing you could’ve said to someone.

On this postcard, you write or draw whatever you want. Imagine you had one more postcard that you could send to someone …what would you say?

Please send postcards to the following address:

#Wish You Were Here
Jacinta’s Smile Headquarters
Vita House
Abbey Street
Roscommon Town
Co. Roscommon
Ireland
F42 N677

All the postcards will be uploaded to the Jacinta's Smile Facebook page

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There's no doubt that Christmas starts earlier and earlier each year, and while that suits festive enthusiasts down to the ground, it can make it difficult for people who mourn their late loved ones all the more deeply at Christmas.

Tapping into this over the weekend, Twitter user, Rachael Prior, posted a message which ultimately initiated a heartfelt thread on the subject of love and loss.

"Nowhere and no time do I miss my dad more acutely than in the men’s department of M&S at Christmas," she wrote in a post which has been liked almost 12,000 times since Saturday.

Rachael's candour set in motion a discussion which gave the grieving a chance to remember their own loved ones by telling fellow followers how and when they remember their friends and family members.

It makes for emotional reading, but there's a lot to be said for the warmth born of the impromptu discussion.

Take a look here…

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