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YouTube kids’ star Ms Rachel sheds light on her OCD and anxiety

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YouTube star Ms Rachel has urged followers to take care of their mental health after she was was forced to step back from social media amid cruelty from trolls. 

The teacher and online sensation, real name Rachel Griffin Accurso, 40, stepped back from her TikTok and YouTube channels in the wake of hurtful backlash against her videos earlier this year however has since returned with positive messages. 

In originally stepping back, Ms Rachel, who has raked in $10m from the educational channel, she sang: ‘I’m taking a break for my mental health’. 

Alongside the heartbreaking video meanwhile, she added a caption reading: ‘Hurtful videos and comments, no matter how much attention they get, will not bring you want you want. Only love can do that.’

Since returning to TikTok, she has since shared a slew of videos about mental health, including a clip captioned: ‘Make sure to take care of your mental health’, in which she spoke of her anxiety and OCD battles. 

She's back! YouTube star Ms Rachel has urged followers to take care of their mental health after she was was forced to step back from social media amid cruelty from trolls

She’s back! YouTube star Ms Rachel has urged followers to take care of their mental health after she was was forced to step back from social media amid cruelty from trolls

Open and honest: Since returning to TikTok, she has since shared a slew of videos about mental health, including a clip captioned: ‘Make sure to take care of your mental health’, in which she spoke of her anxiety and OCD battles

Speaking out: She has revealed that she battles OCD and anxiety 

In the video, she speaks about using an OCD therapist, who has taught her to tackle her overthinking – something she aims to tackle with her followers.

Under the video revealing her break back in February, she was met with a flood of support, with users writing: ‘WAIT??! How could someone hate on ms Rachel!!… Ms Rachel you have an army of families behind you… 

‘I fully support. Protect your peace… So sorry Ms Rachel!… Not a bad idea. I personally cherish what you do for little ones… Come back and see us when you feel ready… We love you, you are part of our family… 

‘Take the break we’ll be here for you!… We love you!!… You’re amazing Ms.Rachel…

‘Blessings on blessings , take all the time you need!… We love you @msrachel you take as much time as you need. We love you and are here to support you.’

Back again: The teacher and online sensation, real name Rachel Griffin Accurso, 40, stepped back from her TikTok and YouTube channels in the wake of hurtful backlash against her videos earlier this year however has since returned with positive messages

She’s a hit! She is beloved among the younger set of YouTube viewers

Ms. Rachel, who holds a master’s in music education and a second master’s in early childhood education, has since returned to social media having revealed she ‘set boundaries’ with her channels following the trolls’ behaviour. 

She has spoken about her mental health struggles and revealed she has OCD and suffers from anxiety – which she details in candid videos under the branch Ms Rachel For Grown Ups, while her typical videos are Ms Rachel For Littles.  

Joined by her husband, Broadway composer and director Aron Accurso, and a host of others, Ms Rachel’s channel was started in 2019 to help her two-year-old son’s speech delay and has since enjoyed roaring success around the world. 

Her YouTube bio reads: ‘Our educational videos for kids are informed by research and are full of learning standards that will help preschoolers thrive!…

Stepping back: Cruel trolls forced Ms Rachel to take a step back

Here she is: She announced the withdrawal earlier this year

‘Along with baby videos and toddlers videos, we have preschool videos for children. We also have music classes and teach sign language.’

Ms Rachel and her husband wrote an adult musical about mental health. She previously said: ‘I’ve been a mental health advocate for a while…

‘I’ve always been very open about it — growing up, I thought I was damaged and there was something wrong with me. But I want people to know that’s not true, that mental health conditions are not your fault and they’re not a character flaw.’ 

Speaking to People earlier this year, she said: ‘Self-care is important. I do a lot of self-help work on not letting a small amount of people and their words have power — love is more powerful…

‘Helping kids inspires me to do the work and get up every day, but you do encounter some things that are more negative.’

Fan support: She was swiftly supported by a slew of followers

Sweet: She is beloved by both kids and parents alike



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