Here's Why Bindi Irwin Is Taking a Break From Social Media
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Animal rights activist Bindi Irwin shared with fans that she'd be stepping away from social media for mental health reasons.
In a Monday Instagram post, the zookeeper thanked followers for supporting her and included a snapshot of herself with her 3-month-old daughter Grace Warrior Irwin Powell.
“I’m taking a break from social media and most of my work in the public eye for a month to be with my beautiful daughter and my wonderful family," she wrote, before adding that she's "tremendously grateful to share our life and conservation work with you but I need some time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal)."
The 22-year-old went on to say that she's had "many people reaching out to share their own stories of working hard to protect their mental health" and thanked them for "sharing and speaking your truth."
"To my friends who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and other battles every day — I see you. These issues are very real and deserve to be discussed and addressed," she said, imploring others to "surround yourself with the light of people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times."
She concluded her note by saying that "mental health deserves more understanding and support instead of being dismissed or patronized" and that everyone is "absolutely worthy of love and kindness."
Irwin has been candid about her struggles in the wake of her father, “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin's, death in 2006. In April, she talked about how devastating it was for her to know her daughter would not get to meet her dad in a clip from her Discovery+ series.
“It’s hard knowing that she’ll never get to actually meet [my dad], and it’s devastating because I’ll never get to watch that connection, but I cannot wait to be able to tell beautiful Grace all of these stories about Dad, to be able to share with her what an amazing father he was," she said.
"It is really hard, it’s hard that he’s not here because out of everyone in the world he would’ve loved her the most. He would’ve loved her so much, but I think, in a way, he is still with us. His heart and soul lives on in all of us, so he’s never really gone.”