Sinead O'Connor 'very happy' to be receiving help for mental illness

PHOTO: Singer Sinead OConnor performs during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan in this Oct. 5, 2014 file photo.PlayAntonio Calanni/AP/File
WATCH Sinead O'Connor opens up about her mental illness: 'I love my family. I don't blame them'

Sinead O'Connor will open up about her recent struggles in an interview with Dr. Phil McGraw next week.

The "Nothing Compares To U" singer will discuss her very public battle with mental illness Tuesday, Sept. 12, on the talk show host's syndicated show.

Recently, O'Connor made headlines with a tearful Facebook video in which she pleaded for help, admitting she was living in a motel in New Jersey, and had been wracked with suicidal thoughts. She said she was, "fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting -- like all the millions and millions that I know I'm one of -- to stay alive every day."

Now, she wants to have a dialogue about the issue.

“The fact that there’s such stigma about mental illness means that the illness doesn’t get talked about," she said.

In 2015, O'Connor, 50, began posting troubling messages on Facebook aimed at her family, and last year, she was briefly listed as a missing person in the Chicago area before police located her shortly thereafter. In a preview of her interview with McGraw, the singer, who claims to have had an abusive childhood, said that she loves her family and "gave it as good as I get [it]" in letters she sent to them.

"I thought it would be better, maybe my family might [reach out] -- if they saw how I'm feeling, they would relate to it," she explained. "It's not easy for families of mentally ill people. We can be difficult."

According to the press release, McGraw's eponymous show has provided millions of dollars in "aftercare services" for guests. A representative confirmed that O'Connor will also be a recipient.

"I’m so grateful and very happy, very excited to be getting some proper help," she said.