Perennial motor mouth Katie Hopkins has told suicidal people 'to top themselves in private' following the apparent deliberate crashing of a passenger plane by a German pilot.
Sympathy for the co-pilot is making me angry. If you are suicidal, for goodness sake top yourself in private. Attention seeking b*stards.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
Not content with sparking anger with that tweet she then laid into people suffering from depression more generally.
People with depression do not need a doctor and a bottle of something that rattles. They need a pair of running shoes and fresh air.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
There is no stigma around depression. There are only realists and people pissed off because their train is delayed.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
Not everyone is depressed. Not everyone has been bullied. Life is hard sometimes. And the truth can sting. Own your problems.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
Ultimate CV disclosure: 'suffers from depression'. get your LONG TERM SICK hazard warning lights on. Off to the public sector for you— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
Last week Andreas Lubitz locked his colleague out of the cockpit of the A320 they were flying and crashed it into the French Alps killing himself and 149 people.
Questions have been raised about his health and the discovery of torn up sick notes which suggest he should have been signed off work on the day of the incident.
German police have searched his home in Dusseldorf and seized material which will now be examined as part of a probe into the crash.
Hopkins' comments were roundly derided.
@KTHopkins taking others with him is wrong. But the brain under those tendencies is complex. It's easier for you to make these comments.— Gobinder Gill (@klinsmann01) March 29, 2015
When will folk realise that Katie Hopkins is just being contentious for brass. She has no other skill set.— miinski (@Miinsky) March 29, 2015
Katie Hopkins is vile, her 'opinion' on depression is the many reasons why there's so much stigma behind the illness and asking for help fgs— ♋ (@beckikn0x) March 29, 2015
As the rest of the UK puts their clocks forward by an hour, Katie Hopkins seems to have set hers back 30 years. pic.twitter.com/jtqkrnPd2X— James Martin (@Pundamentalism) March 29, 2015
Why do people exist like Katie Hopkins who feeds incorrect information to an already extremely misunderstood subject such as mental health— Alex (@mermaidcum) March 29, 2015
Are we really losing it over Katie Hopkins saying depression doesn't exist? She is like, a total dick. This really isn't surprising.— mobby (@morganelles) March 29, 2015
Katie Hopkins just said depression isn't a thing is like saying oxygen isn't real because you can't physically "see it"— Tallis (@GothElectronica) March 29, 2015
Katie Hopkins saying that depression isn't a thing and you'll just be sad for a bit is probably the least intelligent thing I've ever seen— Nick (@_InBetweenDays_) March 29, 2015
Others attempted to make a comparison between depression and epilepsy from which Hopkins suffers.
My epilepsy's not an illness. It is my strength. I am tougher than it, bigger than it, better than it. It can DO ONE https://t.co/RNU03ZSOmb— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) March 29, 2015
If you affected by any of the issues raised surrounding depression call Mind on 0300 123 3393.