Vicky Pattison has revealed how social media has left her feeling “deflated, inferior, down and depressed” in a candid post.
The reality TV star took to Instagram to vow to raise awareness for mental health with her social media pages after facing the negative impacts of her online presence.
Vicky, 31, shared a snap of herself following the Pride of Britain Awards, one showing herself looking glamorous on the red carpet, and another of herself getting ready while pulling a face.
She wrote alongside the images: “Unpopular Opinion: I think social media has absolutely destroyed our generations ability to be truly happy…
“We’re always seeing someone else who we think has it better than us and it makes us feel like what we have isn’t enough…
“This statement is of course a sweeping generalisation and by no means applies to everyone and all social media- but do you agree on some level?! Can you see where I’m coming from?…
“Put it this way: Have you ever gone on Instagram and after a few minutes of absent minded scrolling put your phone down feeling deflated?! Inferior? Down? Upset? Depressed? Like you weren’t as good as the glossy images of perfection that stared back at you?! Well I have…”
The former Geordie Shore star continued: “And I think it’s a shame. A real waste of what could be an international support system of people motivating each other, inspiring one another, empowering change and success in others through their honest accounts of their lives and journeys.
“I intend to be the change I want to see on social media and encourage everyone to do the same. Before you put up your next post, ask yourself these questions: – is it kind?! – is it true?
“is it necessary? does it improve upon the silence? (Btw, I try to apply these rules to when I speak aswell but sometimes my mouth gets away from me! But I’m working on it!!)…
“Too often, in today’s world Instagram is awash with ostentatious shows of wealth, unrealistic images of perfection, filtered pictures created to hide insecurities…
“I implore everyone to show their truth, their vulnerability, their authentic selves because by doing so you’re encouraging others to do the same- you’re telling people that it’s ok to not be perfect, to struggle sometimes, to feel pain, to not be ok…
She added: “You’re opening a beautiful dialogue to improving mental health and that to me, seems like a pretty special thing to be a part of.
“So this is me, showing you a little glimpse behind the glamour… my silly truth before the pride of Britain the other week Sending lots of love and positivity to anyone reading this. You are beautiful, you are worthy, you are more than a Valencia filter, you are enough.”
Vicky has been honest with her followers about her life in recent months, from admitting to “hating herself” after being told to make “big changes” to her lifestyle if she wants to have children to documenting her heartbreak over the end of her relationship with ex John Noble in Vicky Pattison: The Break Up last year.
In the show, Vicky revealed her desire to have children as she went to a clinic to have a fertility test.
Adding to the pressure, things are heating up with boyfriend Ercan Ramadan, with the pair mulling over plans to live together.
Ahead of the doctor’s appointment, she candidly says to the camera that she fears she may have been “irresponsible” and “feels a little bit ashamed” of herself.
The doctor gives her positive news about her blood tests and scan findings are all looking good, but she does make comment on her lifestyle and potential issues with it.
While the doctor says Vicky is a healthy weight and doesn’t smoke, she said her alcohol intake needs to be reduced to just five units a week, much to the shock of the television star.
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