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    Bindi Irwin Got Real About Mental Health And Announced A Social Media Break

    "You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness."

    Three months after giving birth to her daughter, Grace Warrior, Bindi Irwin is taking a break from social media.

    The Australian conservationist announced the news on Instagram.

    Bindi Irwin attends the Critics' Choice Real TV Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 02, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California
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    Posting a picture of herself with Grace, Bindi wrote a long, emotional caption.

    "Hi guys, just a note to say thank you for your support. 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 began.

    Bindi Irwin attends The Paley Center For Media Presents: An Evening With The Irwins: "Crikey! It's The Irwins" Screening And Conversation at The Paley Center for Media on May 03, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California
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    "I feel 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). You can keep up with our adventures by following my family and Australia Zoo on social media."

    Bindi Irwin holds a sloth onstage as Animal Planet celebrates "Crikey! It’s the Irwins" on October 19, 2018 in New York City
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    Then she got super candid about mental health.

    Bindi Irwin attends the annual Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on November 09, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia
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    "Recently, I’ve had many people reaching out to share their own stories of working hard to protect their mental health. Thank you for sharing and speaking your truth," she said.

    "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. Surround yourself with the light of people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times."

    Actress Bindi Irwin attends the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills on May 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
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    "Remember there are helplines available," she continued. "Mental health deserves more understanding and support instead of being dismissed or patronized. You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness."

    Bindi Irwin poses on "Celebrity Family Feud"
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    Say it again for the people in the back! You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness.

    A few hours before Bindi went public with the announcement, she shared a quote from motivational speaker Steve Maraboli.

    "I don't think people realize how much strength it takes to pull yourself out of a dark place mentally," it reads. "So if you've done that today, or any day, I'm proud of you."

    It does take courage!

    We'll see Bindi when it is time for her to return to social media.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.

    If you need additional support, you can call the Office on Women's Health hotline at 1-800-994-9662.

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