Instagram Model Films Herself Having A Panic Attack To Show What Mental Illness Looks Like

May is mental health awareness month but no matter what month, it is always very important to spread the message about mental health issues and how important it is to seek and offer help when it is much needed. Most of us often forget to take care of ourselves as much as we should. We do not give ourselves some time off work and we even forget to concentrate on the small things that are important to our mental health such as healthy food, sports and rest. So if you’re reading this text, make sure to do something good for yourself today – read a book, go for a run or meditate for a few minutes. All of these small things can have a major impact on our well-being. And if you feel bad about yourself, make sure to seek help.

Recently, one Instagram model decided to spread an important message about anxiety

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A model who goes by the nickname kharina97 has over 92.9k followers on Instagram where she mostly shares beautiful shots of herself and her daily life.

She posted a video that was filmed the moment she was having a panic attack


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A post shared by Kharina K. (@kharina97) on May 6, 2019 at 9:16am PDT

The video quickly went viral and received over 2.6 million views on Twitter in two days. The post stated, “People always thought that having anxiety is okay and some of them think those people really don’t know how to control it. People always thought that this never happened in real life. But guys, it does and this happened to be caught on camera.”

Kharina also shared a message about mental health: “No, this is NOT an act, this is REAL LIFE. This was me earlier having one of THE WORST panic attacks I’d ever had that happened to be caught on camera. Why I had this attack isn’t important so I’ll leave that bit out. I’m posting this not for attention or sympathy, but because I have been given this platform on Instagram and would like to do some good with it. You guys see most of my life as rainbows and sunshine (cuz no one likes to post the bad parts anyways) however, this is my reality. Constantly having anxiety and being fine one minute, and like this the next. I try to post as much as I can about mental health to bring AWARENESS to it because it is REAL, and is not taught very well in Malaysia, however, I have never been able to show you guys until now. I didn’t choose this, I do not want it, and it’s a horrible thing to be constantly fighting a battle no one knows about or sees that’s in your head 24/7 and constantly feeling like a crazy person. It burdens not only you, but the people around you & yet all you can do is apologize when you yourself don’t even want it which is one of the worst feelings ever. I’m very lucky to have a great support system around me that loves & takes good care of me in times like these, however not everyone is as lucky as I am… and so this post is to remind those who suffer from it that you ARE NOT ALONE, & to hopefully bring awareness to the people who don’t know/understand mental illnesses. If I can enlighten even 1 person by posting this, I’ll be happy and will feel like I have used this platform to do something useful & good instead of just for selfish nonsensical reasons. I may or may not delete this, but I just thought that after everything today, & the fact that someone had actually gotten this on camera, that it felt almost like it was my duty to do some good with it. I hope if someone you know has any form of mental health illness that you try your best to be patient with them time & time again which I know can be hard, but is sometimes the best or only thing you can do for that person… to just try your best to understand, and just BE THERE. ❤

There were many people who showed their support and shared their personal experience with battling anxiety

Others said that it’s important to give people space when they are experiencing a panic attack

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