An Open Letter to Katie Hopkins

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)

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333 comments

  1. Alex Bowers · April 12, 2015

    I,ve had this illness, the only thing in your letter i don’t understand is why you began, DEAR KATIE.

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  2. Ray Colley · April 12, 2015

    Just don’t buy the Sun.

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  3. Karen Barb Lesley Clark · April 12, 2015

    It is often said that empty vessels make the loudest noise and frankly this pans out with the sweeping statements she appears to make rather too frequently. It is not as if she has had any education with regard to much she twitters about in fact it appears quite the contrary. Her rise to fame came from being an over rated self opinionated disgruntled business woman whose sole objective was to become employed by another business person. Doesn’t that jar with her own self obsessions surely to be regarded as a success then she wouldn’t have needed to seek employment from another ?
    She has become just another mouthpiece for her own misguided hype, I would like her to contemplate how her words will be seen by those suffering from a mental illness, has she ever thought about the many situations that could bring on depression, the loss of a child, the loss of selfworth after being raped, the loss of self value after being subjected to years of beatings by your husband , by being the victim of police assault, lies abuse and by being alone elderly and afraid……..
    I would like this woman to be shunned, to be disempowered and to be forgotten, lets see how she then copes with the loss of her earnings through the media, lest see how she copes with being looked at and gawped at… will see then become the victim YES SHE WILL !

    WE GIVE HER SELF WORTH SO WE MUST PUT AN END TO HER FAME AND FORTUNE !!!!!

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  4. Beth · April 11, 2015

    Thank you for this post.

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  5. Norma Roberts · April 11, 2015

    She is either: a very inadequate, sad, woman who has to call everyone else names to feel better about herself, or she just craves the lime light, and, due to a lack of talent in anything else, resorts to making all these vile, contentious comments to desperately try and keep herself in”famous” She probably does not believe 99% of what she says, she just says it for the “shock” value. Sad really, if you think about it!

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  6. Nick · April 10, 2015

    Katie Hopkins is paid by the sun to cause controversy in which she is a expert. her conservative views are well known and no doubt supported by the government. she speaks out on whats on her mind where as the government who think the same keep their view point private to keep hold of power

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  7. patricknelson750 · April 10, 2015

    There are plenty of beautiful and special people who think they are ugly and worthless.

    Katie Hopkins is their exact opposite.

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  8. Derek T McDonnell · April 10, 2015

    that is a brilliant piece Joshua Barlow, so well put.. you will make an excellent journalist.
    D McDonnell
    (1 in 4)

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  9. According to the charity Mind people suffering from mental health issues often say that the stigma they encounter is actually worse than the symptoms themselves. This is why statements like this are so dangerous as it helps to fuel this stigma, which in turn makes it less likely that people who are suffering will seek out the help they need.

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  10. leocat · April 10, 2015

    Who is this woman anyway? I’m sure outside of the UK nobody has ever heard of her.

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  30. Sue Richards-price · April 9, 2015

    This lady unfortunately has achieved what she wanted , notoriety, I live with a sufferer of depression , and understand the daily struggles , dont give her what she craves, the attention , let her criticise who she wants just dont buy the paper or respond, kate” who ?

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  31. Graham Grimbob White · April 9, 2015

    Eventually she’ll go too far (as if this isn’t far enough) and she’ll end up in prison. And then we can hope that at the very least she’ll get widdled on by the screws……who I will pay to do so…

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  32. nyxinked · April 9, 2015

    Yes! Thank you for this. ❤

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  33. Lesley Kemp · April 9, 2015

    Well said Josh from one 1 in 4 to another. x

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  34. warrengroom · April 9, 2015

    Thank you, thank you so much.

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  35. Stephanie Ortez · April 9, 2015

    Reblogged this on A girl's perfectly flawed life and commented:
    A must read!

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  36. vickycrossley20 · April 9, 2015

    It’s not very often that I feel hatred but this woman takes it to a whole new level for me. Katie Hopkins is the one who SERIOUSLY needs to get a grip.

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  37. Peter Matthews · April 9, 2015

    She is a vile woman with no respect to others but herself. I also blame the television networks who give her a platform when they ask for interviews, and I solely blame the newspaper for whom she works for as she should be sacked.
    Take away her media cover and her job as a writer for a the newspaper and she will soon be forgotten and then she will be just another has been.She is already a failure as whatever reality tv show she has been on she has never won which goes to show that she is not liked. She is certainly no role model for people. And I never ever thought I would say this,, But what kind of mother is she to speak such vile words ?? What role is she giving her children ?? And what made her this nasty as I am sure her parents did not drag her up from the gutter of filth that comes out of her mouth. Oh I forgot, she is like it because she needs attention to voice her foul being as she is not successful in anything but possessing a mouth of gutter trash.

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  38. Hannah · April 9, 2015

    Katie Hopkins in all her deluded glory! How clever she must be to disprove the medical fact of depression, even those who have done but the tiniest bit of research on depression understand that it is caused by a CHEMICAL IMBALANCE in the brain, just like diabetes is caused by chemical imbalance in the pancreas, perhaps she believes that to be a fictional disease as well. I have suffered from depression periodically since my teenage years and believe me Ms Hopkins, I would far rather be healthy and depression free than live with the debilitating, overwhelming loneliness of this horrible illness. I have been healthy and I have been depressed and nobody would seek out depression. Once again your lack of research and sweeping generalisations seek to set back the progress that has been made in recognising mental health as equal to physical health. How can a ‘journalist’ be allowed to voice such an opinion without even undertaking the slightest bit of research? Shame on you Ms Hopkins, I hope your children never suffer from this disease as I suspect you would eat your bitter self servings words!

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  39. Anthony d Jones · April 9, 2015

    Take a piece of advice from a blogger and published author Mr Barlow. Drop your obsession with excrement. Please.

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  40. Lesley-Ann Sneddon · April 9, 2015

    That women knows nothing about depression, or dementia, I myself suffer from depression, and my dad died of dementia how dare she say such vile things

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  41. Graeme Kavanagh · April 9, 2015

    Well put, but probably too long: I think her attention span is 140 characters or less. Sorry, fewer.

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  42. AndyT-S (@bernardsmernard) · April 9, 2015

    I’d never wish mental health issues on anyone, but if Ms Hopkins could live with it for just a short while I reckon she might have a whole new perspective on it

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  43. Ian Walmsley · April 9, 2015

    Josh, when your only form of arguement is personal insults, you’ve lost.

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  44. sprintingspirit · April 9, 2015

    We need a petition, in the UK, to protest to the Sun newspaper (or trash paper) about the harm this woman’s words are causing. She is a shameful, hurtful, ignorant woman.

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