Irish singer Sinead O'Connor releases emotional video from US Travelodge revealing battle with suicidal thoughts and loneliness
TROUBLED singer Sinead O'Connor has sparked concern after posting an emotional video online where she shares how her mental health struggles have left her isolated and suicidal.
The weeping Irish musician, who is now living in a motel in New Jersey, US, said she has had suicidal thoughts for two years and was speaking publicly about her struggles to help the "millions and millions and millions" of others battling similar illness.
"People who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth. You've got to take care of us. We're not like everybody ... else," she said.
"...I hope that this video is somehow helpful. Not to me, but the fact I know that I am only one of millions and millions and millions of people who are just like me, actually, that don’t necessarily have the resources I have in my heart and my purse," she said.
O'Connor, who gained worldwide fame with her iconic rendition of Prince's `Nothing Compares to You', told viewers she has "been wanting to go for two f***ing years" and is "a 5ft 4in little f***ing woman wandering the world for two years by myself".
Her despair appears to date back to the devastation she felt after losing custody of her 13-year-old son.
The 50-year-old said she is "all by myself, there's absolutely nobody in my life", accusing her family of refusing to care for her.
"Except my doctor, my psychiatrist - who is the sweetest man on earth who says I'm his hero - and that's about the only f**king thing keeping me alive at the moment. The fact that I'm his bloody hero ... and that's kind of pathetic.”
The mother-of-four speaks movingly of her daily struggle.
"Three f***ing illnesses made me suicidal... My whole life is revolving around just not dying. And I'm not going to die, I'm not going to die but still this is no way for people to be living.
"I'm not doing this for me. I'm staying alive for the people that are doing this to me. If it was me, I'd be gone."