The 22-year-old model posted on Instagram that she's struggled with depression, even experiencing suicidal thoughts.
She was inspired to open up after Anthony committed suicide last Friday. After sharing a tribute to the food legend, she shared a candid post about her own mental health issues.
Along with an image that read "hey you, yeah YOU! i love you," Ireland wrote, "My heart is extremely heavy today. I had a serious panic attack thinking about it all but then I reasoned with my racing mind. I know you’ve seen plenty of posts like this one... but I have this to say from the bottom of my heart. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Not only are you leaving your loved ones in unspeakable pain and grief, but you are ending your life when you could have reached out and gotten the help you needed to pull you out of the darkness. I have been at the lowest low in my life and I have thought about what it would be like to end it all. I think as human beings, it’s only natural to think about death and what comes after all of this."
"I know what it’s like to hit a wall and not have any clue how you’re supposed to get around it," she continued. "Life can be so f*cking hard and I know this, but it is also SO beautiful and extraordinary and this planet needs us. I just want to speak directly to anyone out there who is hurting."
"If you don’t feel loved, I love you and I need you here. I may not know you, but reach out to me. Reach out to anyone," Ireland concluded. "Use your words. Lay it all out on the table and set it on fire. Make a change in your life if you feel stuck. Cast away your demons and chase your dreams. Eat whatever the fuck you want but take care of your body. Love yourself. Love every inch of yourself. Congratulate yourself every damn day. Don’t rely on your family or friends or people in general to be the center of your happiness. YOU become the center of your own happiness. The people in your life are meant to highlight and accessorize your amazing qualities, not be your crutches. It all starts inside. You are beautiful, someone out there loves you no matter what, and you are wanted. Can EVERYONE do me a huge favor and try doing this... Compliment a stranger everyday. Leave a sweet post-it note on a random car. Call your parents and tell them you love them more. Call anyone who means anything to you and tell them how much they mean to you. Hug people. Thank them. Listen to them. Be a good f*cking person. I know it’s hard for some, but just try. You never know what people are going through in this life. Help truly can be a phone call away."
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If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National SuicidePrevention Lifeline.