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Sophie Turner takes down Piers Morgan for his damaging tweets about mental health

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Lady Sansa has spoken, and Piers Morgan doesn’t have a leg to stand on. 

Piers Morgan has once again piped up when he shouldn’t have, but this time Sophie Turner was there to tell him what’s what. 

Yesterday (9 January) the Good Morning Britain presenter, who is known in general for his ridiculous, pompous and often misogynistic rambles, tweeted a link to an article by The Sun covering an interview with Coronation Street actor Beverley Callard.

The article quotes from an interview with Callard, in which she refers to mental health issues as being “fashionable.”

Speaking to Best magazine, she says: “Real mental illness is very dark and it takes a great deal of strength to ask for help. I think we are now definitely chipping away at the stigma.

“But we have to be careful mental illness doesn’t become like a Gucci handbag.”

Callard continues: “There is a danger it can become ‘fashionable’.”

Taking to Twitter at 1.13am, Morgan tweeted a link to the piece, along with the words: “She’ll be hammered for saying this, but it’s 100% true.”

With all the sensitivity of a wrecking ball, Morgan once again managed to wade into a deeply complex argument and shed absolutely no light at all, insulting a lot of people in the mean time. 

But this time, Turner was having none of it. The Game of Thrones actor replied directly to Morgan’s tweet and called him out for shaming those who feel comfortable talking about their mental health issues, and highlighted how damaging this attitude is.

Turner tweeted: “Or maybe they 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. T**t.”

Turner’s followers backed up her point with replies of support, with one social media user tweeting: “I appreciate those celebrities that speak out about it. There IS a stigma, and those who are not famous suffer the most from it.”

While another said: “I got the courage to speak up about my mental health issues because people, mainly celebrities, were talking about it. And even though some idiots think it‘s just for attention or don’t take it seriously, it really helped me to accept it as a part of me. “

Celebrities such as Ariana Grande, Nadiya Hussain and Sheridan Smith have spoken out about mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression in the past, and in turn have helped to take away some of the shame that so many people tragically feel when talking about their own struggles. 

Here’s to the women (and men) in the public eye, who continue to be brave enough to talk about their mental health and raise awareness while doing so.

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