Dear Katie,

Earlier today it came to my attention that you had tweeted your opinions about depression – the biggest mental health issue that faces this country, bar your ignorance.

Many believe that the opinions you spout are nothing more than a cry for attention much like when a dog defecates for the attention of its owner, which ironically is a form of separation anxiety.

When I read your tweets I was not surprised that you had decided to shit on the floor in the hopes of a reaction – Something you have done many times and will probably continue to do until you fade away into obscurity.
Unfortunately this is not the Big Brother house so you cannot be voted out and we cannot turn you down as you did to Lord Alan Sugar – because, like a bad smell you return to fill the nose of society with your stench.

I have seen your opinions in the past and I have kept my thoughts to myself, however, this is something I can do no longer.

You may find yourself asking why you should care about what I am saying or you may sit back and admire the great

2 of the tweets (that have since been deleted) taken from a wider conversation about the Germanwings crash.

steaming dump you have left – however, mental health conditions affect 1 in 4 people including myself and on behalf of those with mental health issues I would like to say, we are sick of dealing with your shit.

Depression is a lonely, destructive disease and stigma is generated by bigots like you. This can lead to many things from self-loathing to suicide – with this in mind, it is amusing that you suggest that depression is the “ultimate passport to self obsession” because if your tweets are anything to go by, Katie, you are ill and need to seek urgent medical attention.

There are so many causes you could use your position of power for. It pains me to state that you are in a position of power, however, you are.
You are a writer for the biggest selling paper in this country so your opinions reach the length and breadth of the UK, which in turn means that the things you say have the potential to influence a significant number of people.

It is worth mentioning that I did not call you a journalist. This is because in my eyes, you are not.
As a journalism student, I have been taught that journalists act as a voice for the people, for those who need their voice to be heard and this cannot be achieved with your incessant screaming.

At this point I think it is safe to say that you have obviously never suffered from depression. If you had, you would not say such things about the condition.

You say that depression is due to social situation – to this I say that you are wrong, depression and other mental health issues can come about due to a variety of factors.
Stick to what you know.

“Like being caught in torrential rain with a bag from Primark” is an excellent way to describe living with the condition. Had this come from someone else I would applaud them for such a description as many of us have experienced such an unpleasant event.

However, I doubt you have ever been in the store. Not because you can do better, but because we can.

‘We’ the community; the Primark shoppers, the 1 in 4 who will experience some form of mental health issues in their lives and everyone else who is bored of your bile – we do not want your shit in our doorway because, quite frankly, it stinks.

Sincerely,

Joshua Barlow.
(1 in 4)

333 thoughts on “An Open Letter to Katie Hopkins

  1. Katie Hopkins… I implore you to educate yourself. Do you sign up to the idea that any publicity is good publicity? It isn’t.

    You must have been terribly bullied somewhere along your way as you are so quick to criticise everyone from every walk of life. I sincerely wish that you go and heal your wounds and move past all this – it doesn’t serve you.

    I do not suffer from mental health but someone in my family does and we have lived through it ripping our family apart with devastating effects.

    You can’t give out something that is not inside you. If you don’t have it in you, you simply cannot give it out. I wish for you that you go and heal all the toxicity within.

    When you stop spitting toxins, you will know you know you are healed.

    I wish you well on your path to healing xxx

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  2. What a brilliant response to someone who clearly hasn’t got a clue about real life, ashamed to say that she was brought up a mere 12 miles away from me, of course educated in a private School!!! This is perhaps why she doesn’t have an insight into real life, Shame on you Hopkins, and feel sure most of Devon will agree with me!!! Please feel free to crawl back into whatever hole you came out of, you would of infact been a nobody like most of us, if it wasn’t for The Apprentice & Big Brother, go try and earn a decent living, instead of cheap tweets!!!

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  3. Dear Mr Barlow,

    I have separation anxiety. I find you likening me to a dog shitting in front of its owner to be highly insulting.

    I am not an attention seeker like you are. 1 in 54 people have separation anxiety and obviously you don’t know what it is like to be one of them.

    I do not take steaming dumps on the floor and leave a smell for the rest of society.

    Please keep your bigoted opinions to yourself next time.

    Mr A Jones
    (1 in 54)

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  4. Depression is a chemical imbalance in the brain which cannot simply be cured by happy thoughts or money! How can this woman presume to be more knowledgeable than medical professionals who have dedicated their lives to the study of these illnesses or indeed a person suffering from such an illness. Katie Hopkins clearly has some mental illnesses of her own! Perhaps she wasn’t nurtured as a child, perhaps never praised or her achievements never acknowledged! I feel that her inflicting her venomous views on the world is simply her way of getting the attention that was missing from her childhood as her behaviour mimics that of naughty toddlers craving attention good or bad! We should all feel sorry for her as she clearly lacks the skill set to simply get on in life without having to trash the lives of others in order to feel better about her existence! So much negativity Miss Hopkins how draining that must be………..I think depression looms in your future, and when it arrives I for one would show you the compassion you lack for others so someday, maybe not until your deathbed, you will realise what a horrible ugly person you have been inside and out!

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  5. Well said young man. This person needs to join the real world and deal with problems that many have to go through. She is becoming vile only thing I will say though she is getting far to much publicity with her nasty remarks. Hope she does live up to her pledge to leave country if labour get in. Another reason for me to vote for them

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  6. i think you are one of the most appalling people ever I have suffered from depression for years and got so desperate I have tried to take my life twice you don’t know the first thing about depression you should know all the facts before you make a comment that will titalate yourself
    But upset millions of others

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  7. Katie Hopkins is a moron and thank you for pointing that out to the world! I have a Tweet account but don’t ever visit it and if it had not been for your blog post, I’d not ever seen such an ignorant tweet!

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  8. I shudder to think how it feels to suffer depression – nearest was grief & blimey!! I therefore truly detest this stupid woman who always manages to get plenty of air time & attention!!! By making truly cruel ignorant comments she is risking tipping sick vulnerable people over the edge!! I doubt if she is stupid l think she is well aware of the out cry she will cause, but for her she seems to be the one craving attention!! No thought of the hurt /damage to any person who is sick with depression! She has also had a rant concerning dementia patients bed blocking! Hello woman does she actually think they would wish to be struck down with this truly dreadful illness! Makes me wonder if she has a request in place for herself if she lands in the same predicament. I wonder? She is quoted as having said What is the point of life when you know longer know you are living it. Really woman – you an expert in this too! What is your intention for dealing with sufferers then? Playing God are you? Why does this woman (0n purpose not using her name not worthy) think she can start using sick people to bring her face to the publics attention? Sick fed up of her – media don’t help! Just wish she would just take a one way ticket to anywhere!! Just get lost and do all of us a favour!!!

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  9. I am often depressed and stressed out which gives me pain from my neck to my shoulder. After a vist to the doctor, he perscribed me some tablets as he said will slow me down like a dimmer switch to a light
    I once employed 6 people and had a business that supplied solar water heating kits to hundreds of home owner and also exports.
    A Government Labour energy policy which the coalition introduced in 2009, forced me to put my 12 year business into administration which was later sold for £5,000 after £1.3 million of sales
    I am now fighting to stop the banks forcing me to sell our home.
    All these polititions wanting to get back into power or hold on to it, have no idea what is going on in the real world

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  10. This Hopkins thing is an energy vampire,,,she feeds of our good intentions,,,as she only has bad intentions towards humans,,,,says it all really working for the sun newspaper,,,,she likes to think she is clever,,maybe she has had a private school education,,,good for her, but she has no social understanding on any level except her own,,I myself am a 1 in 4 ,,,born an bred in Liverpool,,,,I feel sorry for u Ms.Hopkins,you,re to be pitied,,,,she is making a wage out of other people,s misery,,,,disgraceful,,I personally think that everyone should ignore her😉

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  11. Thank you for this Josh, i couldn’t of put it better myself..Katie needs to get a grip, I suffer from depression/anxiety and do all i can to help improve myself, but sometimes nothing helps,no matter what i do. People who do not go through depression, cannot fully understand the impact it has. Katie is just a vile person.

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  12. I think this women should be sacked and hung out to dry! She should be made an example of so that people can see our society does not need this kind of insult to mental health sufferers.
    I have never suffered from anxiety or stress until earlier this year and it is horrible. I have always been happy but had health, work and family issues all at the same time and it has been horrible. I have been unable to deal with the everyday stresses that before I could brush off. Having had cancer, my son gambling, a colleague causing problems, being a single parent and working full time I don’t have time to think about myself. Self obsession!! She is the most self obsessed women I have ever had the displeasure of hearing and I congratulate you Joshua for having the courage to speak out against her publicly. It’s a shame someone else with a greater power doesn’t do the same.
    The woman is a disgrace, but as you have said she will probably take no notice of the letter as it is clearly all about her!!

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  13. I Don’t normally feel a need to say bad things to people, and let people live there lives. But well done, this utterly stupid woman hopefully might have a bit of self reflection after this. As she truly needs to think a lot more and talk a lot less. Hope she grows and learns from such wise words.

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  14. Reblogged this on abieleanor's Blog and commented:
    I realise I haven’t blogged in a while, but when this popped up and I realised the ease of re-blogging, it seemed the right thing to do. Joshua Barlow, you are a legend. Katie Hopkins, you definitely are not.

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  15. Reblogged this on poppymarello and commented:
    I met Josh at a journalism graduate fair at my former, and his current university. He struck me as confident, and outgoing and very quickly began asking questions about his chosen career path, making the most out of his time at the graduate fair. He clearly has ambition, and this letter is perfect proof of the kind of writer Josh is: eloquent, to-the-point and game-changing. Congrats on the success of this letter Josh, it is well deserved.

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  16. I have to agree with both sides here. Living with my partner who is depressed and suffering from some sort of mental issues myself. The help out there is not sufficient enough and i have been to a counsellor. I believe its self help and just pure common sense to get out of the way of thinking “The counsellor was just telling me things i already know i just couldnt see it so why didnt i just listen to my friends and family some of them saying the same thing. I mean one trip to a dr and i can be put on some sort of drugs for telling him/her how hard my last few years have been. wise up. So i can see what she is trying to do here its the same as someone eating loads of food and getting fat. You have to take control of yourself with support from others, some of us just dont do it, some of us just dont know how but to give up is a failure to yourself, look whats out there, look what you can have. We hold ourselves back. Common sense its in there somewhere train yourself to use it.

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    1. I hope your partner does find the help she needs, but it all starts with the help from her partner. She needs someone who is going to support and understand. Not all counselling methods work, it takes time to find the right treatment for the patient, but you have to support her in sticking with it. I think all of us 1 in 4s on this thread and elsewhere would agree that it is definitely not a case of “getting a grip” or “common sense”. Your partner needs help and she needs you. Please don’t let her down with this “get a grip” nonsense pedalled by bigots like Ms Hopkins

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  17. vile, disgusting and uneducated. first she takes a dig at people who have weight issues, then decides to have a go at danny dyer and Kelly Clarkson who are actually celebs and well known unlike her now she decides to have a go with people with depression. spend a day with someone with depression,bipolar etc you stupid bitch and maybe you might gain a better understanding. my mother is bipolar and has been since she was 11 and I have seen her get worse over time it is not pleasant for them or their family so I suggest you engage that brain of yours first that’s if you have one before you open that big mouth of yours. Katie Hopkins get a grip twat

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  18. As this only takes hold in the best and brightest of us she will never understand. Horrendous statement from vile woman

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  19. I would quite happily swap lives with Katie Hopkins
    And she could see what it’s like to have voices in your head all the time telling you to kill yourself! To know that you have no life, no future and nobody who cares!

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  20. I believe Katie Hopkins knows perfectly well how serious and life threatening depression is in its invisibility – no one can see a bandage or plaster or walking stick – its only seen in the misery of sufferer’s eyes. Understanding depression does not sell papers but outrageously provocative and shockingly ignorant statements do. This woman doesn’t care about truth and facts but is an attention seeking individual with the tactics of a toddler in a tantrum. The sad part is she’s encouraged to do so, yet another sign of a society in meltdown. 1 in 4

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  21. It’s exactly reasons like this why I feel every person who has a mental disorder should be able to raise their voice and be open about what mental illness is. I don’t know if it’ll help anyone but itd be nice to think that it could. I think we should stand up and say, like this man has, I am the 1 in 4and I am still a human being 1in4.moonfruit.com may be of help to some people.

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  22. Not that depression is an enviable condition, however the outlook for depression is more favourable than the attitude of incredible ignorance of Katie Hopkins.

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  23. Interesting that only one comment was condoning Ms Hopkins’ delightful comments ~ and I cannot believe that this wasn’t a wind-up. Those of us who have to live with depression and anxiety, and for our family, partners, parents too, know the feelings of helplessness and guilt, self-loathing for being ‘weak’ and sometimes the inability to face the day ahead. Tempted as I am, I will not retaliate to her words; as many of us believe, one day she may find out what depression is for herself.

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  24. Katie Hopkins must not be given the benefit of the doubt by leaving the suggestion that she is mentally ill. She is not. Were that the case, she would have some mitigation for the pernicious and feculent bile that flows from that sewer of a keyboard of hers.
    She is not mad. She is bad, plain and simple. The fact that she chooses – yes, CHOOSES, to denigrate the lowest and most vulnerable in society, to do so consistently, with consistent vitriol, and to do so KNOWINGLY, because she gets paid – puts her in the same league as the late and unlamented Jimmy Savile. She does not need treatment, she needs justice. My suggestion of what justice would be for her involves breaking her on a wheel, followed by evisceration with a red hot and very blunt knife, and decapitation with a blunt spade. All while fully conscious, of course. She needs to, and deserves to, die violently and in acute agony.
    THAT is the remedy for Katie Hopkins’ ‘afflictions’. She does not have a problem. She IS the problem.

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  25. Joshua, thank you.

    As another of the 1 in 4, I find it actually disgusting that this self-righteous, hideous attention seeker is allowed to stand on her soapbox and publically degrade society’s most marginalised people and make money from it.

    Get a grip? If it were only a simple matter of choice or flipping a switch. Lazy? The difference between having an average bad day and having depression is that depression immobilises and isolates. Anxiety puts up seemingly unscalable walls and holds you prisoner. Who would choose to live like that if they could simply decide to be better?

    When Katie Hopkins becomes a qualified medical practitioner her comments may carry some meaning (if she could stand by them), but since her desire seems only to be for self-promotion as yet another pointless, preening social commentator, there is little danger of that. Not a reformist or a campaigner for positive change. Or even somebody with a meaningful job. Just a poison pen. How dare she?

    I don’t understand how someone so obviously lacking in actual experience of this illness can formulate such hateful opinions and and be allowed to make them public when they will obviously have a detrimental effect on vulnerable people.

    It’s about time the media were held to account for irresponsible messages they cast into the public forum. It is also sad that her ill-informed opinions seem to get more attention than the wonderful work that so many of our best loved stars like Stephen Fry and Ruby Wax have been doing in coming forward as sufferers and educators on mental health matters. Surely that is the message the press should be advancing and the kind of influence that would be beneficial to our society?

    “If someone is tries to pull you down, they must already be beneath you.”

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  26. My goodness. This is the sweetest most tolerant and polite site I have ever come across. The fact you have not reduced yourself to foul language and strenuous verbal abuse must be commended in this ever diminishing world of decorum.
    For my part I have to agree with Joshua and say she is a loud empty vessel making much noise.
    Bit like an arse that has emptied its sh#t out but continues to make loud disgusting noises through the medium of farting.
    Personally I think she is a Twat. Without the capital t. She isn’t that important.

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  27. very well said – maybe the famous newspaper should sack her and hire you – I bet it would improve their image and circulation.

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  28. I agree with Katie Hopkins. I bet most people with “depression” wouldn’t be so sad if they won the lottery.

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    1. What a ridiculous statement to make. I had a windfall not so long ago. I’m secure, my family is too. It doesn’t take the feeling of utter emptiness away. The numbness one day and the tears the next. The desperate need to end it all if it weren’t for the devastation it could cause the ones I love and yet you still sit there wondering if they’d even care all that much because after all you are meaningless. Yeah… money solves that problem, of course.

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    2. Clearly you’ve never met anyone with depression, and have no understanding of the illness. Having suffered myself I can safely say that no amount of money would have helped as at the time I was reasonably well off and in a good financial position. What would the fact that I had money have done to cure my illness – absolutely nothing.

      Also, newsflash – well-off people suffer from depression too.

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    3. Darren smith are you related to her or something. Depression is called a silent illness because we don’t go on about it for attention, we keep it very private. As for having a win on the lottery, it doesn’t make a difference. We won enough to buy our home. I have fantastic polite children grown up married and each one who has had a child its been with there husbands, I have 6 amazing grandchildren who I would give my last breath to. I have suicidal depression and no matter how hard I try it will not go away. And belive me I have worked so hard to leave it behind. You don’t choose to have depression it chooses you. Before you make stupid comments, live my life for a week before you think we are attention seeking. If you ever get it don, t expect support. There will be notone for you. But then go and find some money and you, ll be ok.

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    4. Darren, it’s the way you’re wired up that dictates how you react to stuff. Doesn’t matter if you’re rich, poor, sick, well, black, white, tall, short, etc, etc. It is what it is. Depression can be managed but not cured the same way that one cannot ‘cure’ a blind person’s sight. Love and peace. x

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  29. Katie, I hear what you say, and quite frankly you are full of it, you done a programme on the overweight people n realised how difficult it was to lose, maybe you should do one about depression then you might and I say might lightly come to a different conclusion, and stop spouting off your rubbish. Though I do wonder all your comments cause so much anger, if no one was to reply with a comment, how you would feel, I bet you would feel quite lonely, not getting the attention you want/ needed to make yourself feel better. Think before you speak.

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  30. On day her children will look back at all this, wondering what their mum could possibly have said to upset a nation and hope think the same as everyone else, what an arse,

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  31. Joshua the only thing you missed out was the fact that notoriety wasn’t your goal , but what was, was the fact you wanted to point out the ignorance of others, that being Katy Hopkins
    who obviously does not understand mental health problems.

    Let her enjoy her ignorance for now as Karma usually knows best….

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  32. Katy Hopkins- you have no idea the torture of feeling helpless! Stay in your
    happy bubble. Don’t even try to talk to those of us who are suffering! Hope you never suffer from depression. Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy!

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  33. I have livedwith depressin and anxiety for many years. Aan anyone who has experienced it either personally or, as in my case through the your child will know the devastating effect it has. And to dismiss it out of hand as “self obsession or getting caught in the rain with a primark bag” is the ramblings of someone who has done no research on the subject. To describe yourself as a journalist is comparing hamburger to fillet steak!!

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  34. I cannot believe that this woman is for real. Is there any chance, any piece of legislation whereby her irresponsible and damaging words can be judged and condemned?

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  35. Well done Joshua. I am also a 1 in 4. I was diagnosed in 2004 with chronic depression and as soon as I had a ‘name’ for how I had been feeling, it was like a weight had been lifted, as I was able to start dealing with and learning about it. Before I was diagnosed, there were several times that I just wanted to end it all. I stopped myself as I was in some way a coward, and I did not want my family to have to deal with the ‘aftermath’. My maternal grandmother died in August 2002 and my paternal grandfather died in December 2002. Both of these were the catalyst, although I do not know how long I had had the depression for before that. No one knew what I was going through as I often wore a ‘mask’. I was not offered medication as I was due to start IVF – not able to have my own children, was I think, another factor, and my GP did not want to take any chances. A month after being diagnosed, I changed jobs and this seemed to help as it was a fresh start. I have had set backs since 2005, but luckily, I am aware of the signs and I take myself away from the situation or change my thoughts. I know that not everyone is able to do that. When I have my down/dark days, if I can, I listen to songs/watch videos of my favourite singer, and this takes me out of the moment.

    As other people have said, you need to walk in someone’s shoes or live their live for a bit, to start understanding what someone is going through. We need more people who are prepared to stand up for us or can’t or who are afraid to.

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  36. More widespread than is healthy for societ. Also, irresponsible journalism or publishing most definitely shapes the way that NHS services develop treatment for depressive illness,moderate and severe. I am quite sure also, that GPs have a tricky task diagnosinig mental illness which has a vast number of syndromes associated. I think the general state of the NHS and the empty lip service that the Tory Government pay to improving it, puts GPs in a spot, in coming articles sure do have there affect on all sections of society. But to what end has this ‘writer’ made such comments! She clearly enjoys clarity of thought and a balanced state of mind. Oh what inspiration to my self fucking help techniques. Ok done. Sara whelan.
    The

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  37. Unfortunately Katie is a very cruel, unthoughtful women who takes delight in hurting people with what she says not caring how her words can harm.

    With this particular comment about depression, which she obviously knows nothing about and is certainly not qualified to make such judgments, if she was face to face with someone, say a women who had lost her husband and two young children in a tragic accident and was clearly suffering from depression, would she have made this comment to her face?! She might as well have…!

    She is like the bully in the school yard who takes great pleasure in saying something to a weaker child (whether it’s honest or not) knowingredients it will hurt and embarass them and may even lead to that child to harming themselves, something we are trying hard to stop and the majority of us certainly don’t condone.

    The sadder part is that the paper is supporting her and paying her good money to say these things making them also supporters of her bullying and cruel words. She may call it honesty but it is cruelty. It is a sad world we live in when we make a celebrity out of this kind of person. What is it teaching our children?

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  38. I do not use twitter, so I am hoping that Katie Hopkins tweets are not true. Having lived in a household with two severely depressed parents, my siblings and I were tortured regularly. The torture only ended when my mother was brutually attacked with an axe and as a result she lost her arm. Fast forward forty years, my brother commited suicide due to depression.
    How dare you trivilise such a devastating and cruel illness.

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  39. As a sufferer of anxiety and depression for over 20 years and having spent so much money and time on different therapies and medication, desperately trying to fix it, I so appreciate that you took the time to write your letter in response to this sad parasite of a woman. Regretfully, your words will probably just slide right over her as I doubt she is able to get over her own arrogance with her head so firmly shuved up her arse!

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