Amanda Bynes praised for seeking help amid “psychotic episode”

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Former child star Amanda Bynes has been praised on social media for seeking help from a member of the public following an alleged "psychotic episode".

Earlier this week, various news outlets (including TMZ) reported that Bynes was "found naked and roaming the streets" and then placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. A source close to the actor later told NBC that Bynes – who was last year released from a nine year conservatorship – has not "been in contact with her family for quite some time," although her lawyer said he was not in a position to comment on the situation.

Since news broke of Bynes' condition, fans have taken to social media to criticise reports that she was "found naked" and instead pointed out that she sought help herself. "I have a lot of experience in mental health caregiving. I loathe the way we're talking about Amanda Bynes. She wasn't 'found'. She actively sought help during a crisis and successfully got herself to safety by dialling 911. That's hard and deserves our respect, not diminishment," one person tweeted.

"The fact that Amanda Bynes flagged a car down, told them she was having a psychotic episode and called 911 herself actually gives me a lot of hope for her well-being. That's a huge deal. When she's ready, I hope she can be proud of herself for that," someone else said, as another wrote: "She was not 'roaming the streets' she was looking for help! She called the hospital herself because she knew she needed to go. I'm proud of you for your strength, Amanda!"

A fourth person chimed in with: "Amanda recognised that she needed help. SHE was the one who made the 911 call to help herself. Please be mindful how you frame stories. Knowing that she understood she needed help and actively sought it is very important. Don't take that away from her."

We're sending our thoughts to Bynes and hope she is getting the support she needs.

For information, support and advice about mental health and where to get support, visit Mind’s website at or call Mind’s Infoline on 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 6.00pm).

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