JK Rowling has re-confirmed her status as most caring author on the planet with her latest tweet.
The author comforted a fan who wrote to her saying she wouldn’t mind not waking up in the morning.
Rowling responded to a desperate tweet from Kate (@AlwaysJLover), 22, that said: “Everything keeps falling apart, I can’t.. I’m tired.. @jk_rowling I’m not saying I’ll give up, but I wouldn’t mind if I didn’t wake up tomorrow.”
Rowling simply responded: “I would mind. I’d mind very much. You need to tell someone close to you how you’re feeling, Kate.”
Kate clearly wasn’t expecting a reply from the author, as she later tweeted Rowling saying: “This is one of those times where the only thing I can say is ‘what did I ever do to deserve an angel like you?’.”
This then sparked a dialogue between the two, as well as messages of support from other fans.
Rowling asked Kate: “Have you talked to someone, Kate? It’s really important that you do.”
To which Kate replied: “I’ve tried many times, to both professionals and friends. But they practically had to force me to say even one word and then I felt even worse, I don’t know why and I know that’s not normal.
“It’s also the fact that I’ve been backstabbed so many times in the past that it’s hard for me to trust others. I was never really the talking type, I was always the writing type.”
In response to their conversation, Twitter user Steve wrote: “Kate, sending you positive thoughts! Stay strong. You’re not alone.”
Another fan added: “Sending a huge wave of love your way. This world can feel lonely at times. I wish you serenity.”
And one Twitter user said: “Speaking to someone is going to help you so so much, I promise you. We all need to talk about our feelings.”
It’s not the first time Rowling has tweeted words of support to a fan going through a tough time.
Earlier this year, a Harry Potter fan wrote to the author explaining that she was “tired of being sad all the time” and didn’t know how to scare away the “dementors” living under her bed.
Spotting the cry for help amid a sea of tweets, Rowling responded within eight minutes to say: “They’re bothering a unique, valuable human being who deserves happiness. Ask for help. Don’t fight alone. Big hug.”
Useful websites and helplines:
- Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393
- Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill.)
- Get Connected is a free advice service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org