Will Poulter, known for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, has shared on Twitter his struggle with mental health.
In an attempt to focus on his own mental health, he said, “In light of my recent experiences I am choosing to take a step back, of sorts, from Twitter. Before I do, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to everybody who has watched ‘Bandersnatch’ and for their responses (whatever they may be) to the material we created.
I accept all criticisms and it’s been a delight to learn that so many of you enjoyed what many people worked very hard to produce! As we all know there is a balance to be struck in our engagements with social media. There are positives to enjoy and inevitable negatives that are best avoided.
It’s a balance I have struggled with for a while now and in the interest of my mental health, I feel the time has come to change my relationship with social media.
I don’t want to appear unappreciative of all the amazing support I have received online for which I am genuinely so grateful, nor do I want my disengagement with social media to be at the expense of any of the organisations I am lucky to work with. So I will still be posting occasionally for and with @AntiBullyingPro @leap_cc @MayMeasure and @bptcompany among others.
I am privileged to have this platform. I hope that this shift to reduce my personal expression and increase the focus on issues that matter will result in a better outcome for everyone.
This is not the end. Consider it an alternative path.
With love, Will”
This has been partly in response to criticism Will received after his appearance in the series aired on Netflix, with social media users bullying the actor for his looks.
One user said, “I can’t believe Twitter really bullied Will Poulter for his looks and made him have to step back from social media because of it. This is disgusting. He is an amazing person and it’s not funny to make fun of someone’s appearance. It’s not okay.”
Our thoughts are with Will during this time, and his message will most certainly help others experiencing similar circumstances.