Sinead O'Connor 'safe' after alarming cry for help

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Sinead O'Connor is "safe" and "not suicidal", according to a statement posted on her Facebook page just days after a worrying plea for help from the Irish singer-songwriter.

The 'Nothing Compares 2 U' crooner posted a video to her Facebook page last Friday, in which she spoke about her incapacity to look after herself and criticised her family's lack of care.

She also said she felt "suicidal" in the 12-minute clip, filmed from a motel room in New Jersey.

"My entire life is revolving around not dying, and that's not living. And I'm not going to die, but still, this is no way for people to be living," she said.

O'Connor hoped her video might help others who were struggling.

"People who suffer from mental illness are the most vulnerable people on earth; we can't take care of ourselves - you've got to take care of us."

The video, as well as two follow-up posts featuring just her address and a plea for help, attracted thousands of concerned comments from fans offering her a place to stay or urging emergency services to visit her accommodation.

Later, a user commented on a post saying she had received confirmation that someone was with O'Connor and that she was okay, allaying fears for her safety.

A recent statement posted on O'Connor's Facebook page has further alleviated concerns for the singer.

"Hi everybody, I am posting at Sinead's request, to let everyone who loves her know she is safe, and she is not suicidal. She is surrounded by love and receiving the best of care," the post read.

"She asked for this to be posted knowing you are concerned for her. I won't respond to any questions, so please understand.

"I hope this comforts those of you were concerned."

Fellow songwriter Annie Lennox was one of those who expressed concern in the days after O'Connor posted the video.

O'Connor has struggled with mental health problems for many years, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2003. She has since said she was misdiagnosed and instead suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

If you wish to talk to someone about mental illness or domestic violence, you can call Lifeline on 0800 543 354, the Depression Helpline on 0800 111 757 or the National Telehealth Service on 1737.