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‘I attempted suicide five days before this photo was taken’

“Suicide doesn’t have a look.”

That’s the powerful message Eluned Anderson, 21, wants the world to know.

She’s posted a photo of herself to Twitter, seeking to help breakdown the stigma surrounding mental health.

“I attempted suicide 5 days before this photo was taken,” Ellie said.

The Cardiff woman was responding to people who were questioning Meghan Markle’s revelation about her mental health struggles.

Last week, the Duchess told Oprah in the wake of relentless media scrutiny, she’d experienced suicidal thoughts.

Meghan said on the same day she told husband Prince Harry she didn’t want to be alive they’d attended an official event at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

“We had to go to this event and I remember him saying, I don’t think you can go and I said I can’t be left alone,” Meghan said.

In particular, Ellie was replying to one person who wrote about Markle: “Someone with suicidal thoughts don’t get ready make up sparkly dress (sic) to attend the Royal Albert Hall.”

The person who posted the original tweet has since deleted it.

The photo she posted. Credit: Twitter/@ElunedAnderson

Wales Online said Ellie had been celebrating her anniversary with her boyfriend when the image was taken.

Just days earlier she’d been planning to end her life.

“I had to learn to put on a mask because what’s the alternative?” she told the publication.

“I had to put on a smile, put on a dress and put on some make-up.

“Because the alternative is depression and to not be here.”

Praised online

Her decision to share the image on Twitter has been praised by social media users.

“Bravery to speak out Ellie is exceptional both for others reading your honesty and for yourself…. thank you!” one person said.

“I’ve not got a photo from before any of my attempts, but, you couldn’t tell by looking at me, what had gone on,” a second added.

“Well done for speaking out. We need more of this. Take care of yourself Ellie,” a third chimed in.

If you need help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

For further information about depression contact beyondblue on 1300224636 or talk to your GP, local health professional or someone you trust.

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