Published On: Thu, Jan 10th, 2019

GoT star hits out at Piers Morgan's mental health tweet



Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner has hit out at Piers Morgan for suggesting it has become “fashionable” for celebrities to speak out publicly about mental health issues.

Turner, who plays Sansa Stark in the hit series, posted on Twitter to say that people with a platform can use their fame to “help get rid of the stigma”.

It came after Good Morning Britain host Morgan quoted an article on the social media site, which featured Coronation Street actress Beverley Callard questioning stars’ motives for discussing illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

Callard, who plays Liz McDonald, said there was a danger it could become “fashionable” to talk about mental health.

Morgan said: “She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true.”

In reply, Turner wrote: “Or maybe they (celebrities) have a platform to speak out about it and help get rid of the stigma of mental illness which affects 1 in 4 people in UK per year. But please go ahead and shun them back into silence.”

The 22-year-old then added: “T***.”

The actress later shared several tweets about mental health, criticising those who make light of the subject.

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, according to the charity Mind.

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Turner has spoken out to raise awareness of the importance of mental health before, saying in a message to her followers on World Suicide Prevention Day earlier this year: “You’re stronger than you think. You will get through this. You’re so loved. You are NOT a burden.”

Last year, Morgan came under fire for tweeting “Man up, Britain” in response to reports about mental health statistics.



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