Shannon Purser, who played Barb on “Stranger Things,” has opened up on Twitter about how she used to self-harm. And now she’s sharing an important message of hope for those who are facing the same struggle.
“*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, ‘just in case,’” the 19-year-old wrote alongside a photo of a razor blade. “I forgot it was there & now it’s in the trash.”
*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven't self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, "just in case." I forgot it was there & now it's in the trash. pic.twitter.com/C0oAQTL0IM— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016
Purser later added:
Recovery is possible. Please don't give up on yourself.— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016
On Twitter, fans were quick to share stories of their own battles with self-harm and to applaud Purser for bravely opening up about her experience.
@shannonpurser thank you for sharing your story! Not many famous people talk about self harm. I'm proud of you. 💜— hysterical_historian (@rorys_bowtie) November 7, 2016
@shannonpurser it's hasn't been long for me but I'm not afraid to show my scars. I'm not ashamed, I'm recovering ❤️— Kelly Trammell (@KellyMTrammell) November 8, 2016
@shannonpurser i'm so happy for you. and proud. it's not easy. i'll be one yr clean next month. i don't even know where my "just in case" is— haIIie⚡️ (@rriiver) November 7, 2016
On Monday, the TV star spoke to ET Online exclusively about why she chose to share her story. “I'm so happy to be able to help other people by talking about my struggles,” she said.
And to those still struggling with self-harm, Purser said: “I guess I'd just say, ‘You're worthy of love, valuable, and beautiful. You can and will get through this ... Getting the help you need to deal with this is a form of self-love and you are worth it.’”
Please don't ever feel like your depression is invalid because of your life circumstances. Depression does not discriminate. #youarenotalone— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) October 10, 2016
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