Vicky Pattison has hit back at Instagram trolls who insulted her for looking happy after she detailed her struggles with her mental health last week.
The former Geordie Shore star, 34, took to the social media app on Sunday to discuss what she was feeling alongside a photograph of her in bed with a comparison of her on a photoshoot.
She wrote: ‘Instagram is a funny old place isn’t it?!! Less than a week ago I expressed that I was feeling low, struggling and wasn’t quite myself- & instantly my Instagram was awash with well wishes, people telling me that I was ‘brave’ & that they needed to hear what I’d said & were pleased I’d spoken out.’
‘Instagram is a funny old place isn’t it’: Vicky Pattison, 34, has hit back at Instagram trolls who insulted her for looking happy after she detailed her struggles with her mental health last week
She went on to say that people were thanking her for saying what she did and that it ‘made it easier for them to verbalise how they’d been feeling’
The social media influencer continued: ‘I felt like I’d done something good & it made my journey to feeling better loads easier.’
‘I’ve spent the 10 days or so putting myself back together, spending time with my family, exercising, eating right & slowing things down slightly.. & thankfully I’m feeling more like myself.
The day after World Mental Health Day, she posted a candid shot of herself looking bleary eyed in which she wrote in the caption the ways she has not been feeling herself, and her past struggle with mental health issues.
Speaking out: The former Geordie Shore star took to the social media app on Sunday to discuss what she was feeling alongside a comparison shot of herself in bed and on a photoshoot
Struggles: She wrote in the post: ‘Less than a week ago I expressed that I was feeling low, struggling and wasn’t quite myself- & instantly my Instagram was awash with well wishes’
She went on: ‘But weirdly, once I’m back to my best on Instagram- being glam, looking forward to holidays, launching new projects.. That’s when the hate & trolling seems to sneak back in.’
‘It’s as if these people look & think “oh there she is, she’s happy again, she’s fair game now, I cannot wait to tell her that I think she’s a bad role model/famous for nothing/terrible dog mam/edits her pictures/is ugly/is old.”
‘Now I’m not for a single second insinuating that mine or anyone’s mental health is intrinsically linked to the things people write about them on Instagram.
‘But what I am saying is this cruel & hateful diatribe certainly can exacerbate a persons insecurities, feelings of inadequacy & self worth-which we all know CAN lead to poor mental health.’
‘Social Media should be a place where we support one another, cheer people on from the other side of the world, encourage fellow females to realise their potential & generally just spread love, light & lit memes- but if you are using it to try & tear other people down, just when they start to feel better you are not only using it wrong, you are also very sad & abit of a d***.'[sic]
‘Always remember, Rudeness & cruelty are a weak persons imitation of strength- they are bully’s tools. Be better than that. Real strength comes from showing vulnerability, trying to help others, being open & being kind.
‘And if you ever feel like someone is trying to drag you back, keep you small, take you to that dark place- block them, delete them & remove them from your life. They do not deserve your peace.’
Mental health: The day after World Mental Health Day, she posted a candid shot of herself looking bleary eyed in which she wrote in the caption the ways she has not been feeling herself
The post comes after she detailed her burn out with The Mirror on Sunday, and told the publication that she has had a ‘great summer’ because she’s said ‘yes to everything’ but has led to her feeling run down.
She said: ‘That’s all nice, but what goes up has to come down and the truth is I’ve burned the candle at both ends.
‘I felt burnt out and run down. When your battery’s low you don’t have the strength to fight everything else, whether it be trolls or a long day or a cold.
‘Everything got on top of me and I felt if I’m feeling like this, I guarantee there are thousands or maybe millions of other people who probably haven’t verbalised it and have let it eat them up inside.’
She went on to discuss the fact that she thinks it is important that she shares the details of her struggle because it encourages a healthy narrative.
Back in 2014, Vicky sought psychiatric help after she drunkenly assaulted a woman and was sentenced to 180 hours of community service, and will bring out a self-help book in January.
Run down: Vicky always seeks to be as candid as possible on social media. She has recently discussed with The Mirror that she has felt burnt out after saying ‘yes’ to everything this summer
As well as messages about her own appearance, Vicky has also been bombarded with horrible messages from men about the posts she makes regarding the recently cases of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa.
Vicky now lives with her partner Ercan Ramadan in Essex and recently discussed that racy underwear reignited passion in the bedroom after admitting her sex life stalled during lockdown.
She told MailOnline that he ‘didn’t know what to do’ and ‘thought it was a trick’ after she came home from a photo shoot wearing a saucy two-piece.
Vicky said: ‘When I came home from the shoot, I kept the bra and knickers on I had been photographed in last. Ercan absolutely did not know what to do with himself.
‘It was a long lockdown, so the poor fella is used to sports bras and nude basics so when he saw me in my black and lacy getup, he didn’t know what to do, he thought it was a trick!’
Happy: Vicky now lives with her partner Ercan Ramadan in Essex and recently discussed that racy underwear reignited passion in the bedroom