JM | Mar 15, 2023

Supermodel Alicia Burke opens up about her mental health in social media post

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Pulse supermodel Alicia Burke. (Instagram Photo: Alica Burke).

Pulse supermodel Alice Burke has shared that she is on a journey to overcome depression and anxiety, which she’s currently struggling with.

In a lengthy and emotional post, uploaded to her Instagram page earlier today (March 15), the Jamaican Burke shed much-needed spotlight on the current mental state of individuals as well as the mental climate in the world.

“Lately, I have been on a journey of self-acceptance, and one thought I had to share. Gaining weight, dealing with depression and anxiety is my present battle,” Burke wrote.

The international supermodel is known across the world for her elegance and poise. Burke took the modelling world by storm and has achieved star status as one of the world’s top models.

She has walked the catwalk and has worked for illustrious designers including Stella McCartney, Dolce & Gabbana, and Ralph Lauren.

Pulse Supermodel Alicia Burke (Instagram Photo: Alica Burke).

However, despite all her major achievements as a model, she has still struggled with appreciating her body. The model shared that growing up in the industry wasn’t the easiest, especially where one’s weight is concerned.

“Growing up in the modeling industry, it certainly leaves no room to gain weight and feel comfortable about it. The hips and thighs might have grown an inch or 2, but so did my insecurities too. Every time I’m greeted with the classic, ‘you have put on weight’ or ‘oh, the hips are getting bigger’ it’s a triggered reminder of the insecurities present,” Burke said.

“Having contemplated writing this caption and making this post for quite a while, I decided to, even though I haven’t come to terms with my body, and the journey I am embarking on to self-love,” she added.

Burke described herself as not being the most confident but, “with help and a strong support system”, she has been encouraged to love and appreciate herself and be patient in doing so.

Pulse supermodel Alicia Burke. (Instagram Photo: Alica Burke).

She went on to encourage those who may be fighting a similar battle to build a strong support team and keep moving forward.

“Evening though this was hard sharing, if you are dealing with these issues, please know that you are not alone and you too are beautiful! Surround yourself with a positive support system. That’s what’s getting me through!”

The post comes as an eye opener for some who may be looking on from the outside and thinking that all is well with another person because they are ‘functioning’. It shows why it is important that you check on your people, check on those around you, even the ones who seem to be in good spirits.

Just yesterday (March 14), Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton sounded the alarm on the state of mental illness in Jamaica since the onset of the global pandemic.

Tufton urged persons who might be experiencing any form of depression to call the ministry’s 1-888 NEW LIFE (639-5433) helpline to receive the necessary help in dealing with the problem.


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