Shannon Purser, Barb from Stranger Things, used to self harm

November 10th, 2016 | by staff

Only two more days to order these comfy lil sweaters and then they are gone forever!!!

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) October 15, 2016

Spoilers for Stranger Things; trigger warning, self-harming
Barb may have ended up too digested at the end of Stranger Things to return to Hawkins, but Shannon Purser, the 19-year-old actress who played the dowdy high school student, has a thriving career. Right when the news came out that Barb is not coming back for the next season we heard that Purser got a job on a new CW series based on the Archie comics. So Purser is doing well professionally and she’s a fan favorite. Purser recently opened up on social media about the fact that she used to self harm. She shared a photo of a razor blade and wrote that she hasn’t self harmed in years but she kept it in case she felt like she needed it, I think. She’s since thrown it away.

*TRIGGER WARNING* I haven’t self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, “just in case.” I forgot it was there & now it’s in the trash.

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016

Recovery is possible. Please don’t give up on yourself.

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 7, 2016

That was powerful. She has a platform now and she probably just helped countless other people. Purser also spoke to Entertainment Tonight and said that she hopes she can help people know how worthy they are:

The 19-year-old TV star also spoke with ET exclusively about her decision to speak about her painful past, and share such a personal photo. “I’m so happy to be able to help other people by talking about my struggles,” she said. “I guess I’d just say, ‘You’re worthy of love, valuable, and beautiful. You can and will get through this.’”

Purser added, “Getting the help you need to deal with this is a form of self-love and you are worth it.”

[Entertainment Tonight]

Kudos to her, she deserves a lot of credit for coming out with her story. I browsed through her Twitter and Instagram and Purser is one to watch definitely. She loves makeup (she looks so much different in real life of course but it’s striking how different she looks) she’s dryly funny and self deprecating and I’m looking forward to seeing more of her.

If you or a loved one struggles with self harming you can get help by calling the National Alliance on Mental Help at 899-950-NAMI or texting “NAMI” to 741741.

This is amazing. Purser complained about too few peanuts in a pack and the the Planters company sent her a huge care package and apology note!

Well, @MrPeanut heard my woes and was very sympathetic. He sent me this:

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 3, 2016

He also gave me a peanut themed onesie. I’m so happy and so amused. This is my life.

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) November 3, 2016

So I took the ST Buzzfeed quiz and

— Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) August 4, 2016

SO much fun working with these two lovely, warm, goofy people. So thankful.

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