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Rosie Connolly opens up about taking medication as she praises #PostYourPill campaign

The campaign was founded by Love Island star Dr Alex George
Rosie Connolly via Instagram

Rosie Connolly via Instagram

Clodagh Meaney

Dublin Influencer Rosie Connolly has opened up about taking medication.

The 31-year-old mother of two took to Instagram to share praise for Dr. Alex George’s #PostYourPill campaign.

“What @dralexgeorge is doing is fantastic to see… medication is not something to be ashamed of or something you have to hide, I’ve relied on medication at different times in my life to help my mental health and would go back on them as soon as I felt I needed to,” she said

Rosie revealed that medication helped her to deal with grief, anxiety and postnatal depression.

“They got me through a horrible time of shock, grief and anxiety after my Dad’s passing and again when I had PND after my children. I like to think that we are very privileged to live in a society in a time when science has developed something to help so many that suffer with their mental health.”

“If you look around your peers, I would imagine there are far more people getting help than you’d think. Getting help is something commendable.

The #PostYourPill campaign was started by former Love Island star and London Emergency doctor Alex George.

31-year-old Dr Alex appeared on the 2019 series of the reality show. He is an advocate for breaking mental health stigma and is an Ambassador for Mental Health for the British Government

Taking to Instagram, he shared a picture of his medication, revealing that it helps him with anxiety.

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“I have been thinking quite hard about whether to post this, but I feel it’s the right thing to do. So many people live with medication stigma everyday, a fear that they will be judged as being weak or discriminated against, simply for taking a pill to help with their mental health.

“The other day I did a [poll] on my stories and 75% of you have faced medication stigma. That is so sad.”

“I take medication, alongside therapy and self care, to help with my anxiety. I really needed this treatment but for years I didn’t access it, on reflection I was worried about what people would think. I can tell you now, I am not ashamed. I AM PROUD to take control of my own health. This does not make me weak or less able, it makes me stronger.

“How many people are not getting the treatments they need AND deserve because of this very stigma? This HAS to change. This post is not about saying medication is the ‘answer’ for everyone, rather to say that for those who need it should have access without barriers or shame.”

“If you feel you can, join me with #postyourpill to take a stand against medication stigma,” he said.

Since starting his campaign, the Welsh man has won praise from followers, with the #PostYourPill hashtag boasting almost 3,000 posts.

One follower wrote to Dr Alex to express thanks for giving them the courage to ask for help.

“Today because of you, I took the step after suffering with anxiety and trauma for 7 years. I’ve had counselling but just needed that extra bit of help, I never wanted to take medication but you made me realise it’s okay, along with everyone else’s stories you’ve shared,” they said.

“I spoke to my doctor and got the medication I need to help me. Today is the first day to feeling better and I told my doctor I felt like I could today because you made me realise it’s okay. I just wanted to say thank you.”

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