Katie Piper Posts Harrowing Photo Of Her Acid Attack Injuries To Raise Awareness About Mental Health
Katie Piper shared a powerful Instagram post for World Mental Health Day on Thursday (10th October) which showed the extent of the injuries she sustained following an acid attack in 2008.
The Strictly star, 35, was left blind in one eye and suffered life-changing burns to her face and neck after her ex-boyfriend Daniel Lynch hired Stefan Sylvestre to target the model outside her north London home.
Both men were convicted, with Daniel given two life terms behind bars. While Stefan served six years of his life sentence, before he was released in 2018.
Taking to social media to share her story, Katie bravely posted of a photo of herself shortly after the brutal attack and explained the psychological toll it took on her.
Captioning the photo, she wrote: "I remember when I didn't want to look at anyone. I remember when I didn't want anyone to look at me. I remember when I was scared of people, scared of men.
"I remember when I was scared of the world. I remember when opening up to people and talking about my trauma and psychological damage just wasn't possibly.
"Today on Mental Health Day my first meeting of the day is with my therapist. I still go, it still helps and I'm able to talk. Hold On Pain Ends."
Katie's post was flooded with messages of support from her followers and famous friends, who branded her a "hero" and an "inspiration".
Following the 2008 attack, the philanthropist, who has two children with husband Richard Sutton, underwent more than 40 operations to treat her burns.
It's not the first time Katie has discussed her mental health - last year told of how she suffers with anxiety, 11 years following the harrowing attack.
She told the Daily Star: "I live with anxiety and I still get depressed, because you don't go through life-changing things and just get better and it's over. You learn to live with it.
"When you have another child, you have no downtime. I did feel depressed and low.
"But your body is going through changes, physically and hormonally, so I just tried to check in on myself to make sure it wasn't spiralling."
If you're experiencing distressing thoughts and feelings, call Samaritans for free on 116 123 - or write down your thoughts in an email to [email protected].
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