NEW JERSEY — Singer Sinead O’Connor posted a video to Facebook on last week saying she’s suicidal and staying at a motel in “the a**e end of New Jersey.”
The 50-year-old singer says she’s struggling with three mental illnesses and feels alone.
“I’m all by myself and there’s absolutely nobody in my life but my doctor,” she said in the Aug. 3 video.
Her psychiatrist, she said, says she’s his hero and that’s what’s keeping her alive right now.
“I’m not staying alive for me,” O’Connor said. “If it was me, I’d be gone.”
Akshay Nanavati, a 32-year-old veteran and a recovering a addict, told PIX11 News on Tuesday that he can relate.
"I woke up one day after a five-day binge-drinking session and thought, 'What's the point of going on?'" Nanavati said.
He’s since wrote a book about his struggles called "Fearvana: The Revolutionary Science of How to Turn Fear into Health, Wealth and Happiness."
Nanavati's advice on how he got through it? Find solace in solitude and separate your self-worth from the disorder.
"We associate ourselves with those emotions. So that becomes who she is. I am this person who is suicidal, I am depressed. But that's not us." he said. "I am something more than that. This is just my brain experiencing a state of depression."
In the video, O'Connor said she hopes her taped confessional helps others.
“I know that I’m only one of millions of millions of millions of people who are just like me," she said.
A statement has since been posted to the singer's Facebook page confirming that she is safe. O'Connor has attempted to take her own life twice in the past, according to CNN.