He's educating people! Teen Mom OG star Tyler Baltierra and his wife Catelynn Lowell have gotten way more comfortable with sharing their lives in front of the MTV cameras, and they've been using their platform to raise awareness for issues that they both personally struggle with — mental health. But by opening up that part of their lives, Ty and Cate are allowing room for haters to criticize them for their choices, and now Ty is clapping back.
Earlier this week, Tyler shared a poem featuring graphic details about his suicide attempt when he was only 11 years old. That post sparked a debate about Ty and Cate online, and one Twitter user wrote, "Sad that him [sic] and his wife are struggling with depression and bipolar disorder, but is that really a healthy environment for a child to grow up in? IDK thoughts people?" Many Teen Mom OG fans jumped in to defend Cate and Ty, and that's when Ty came in to shut the whole thing down.
So everyone who has a mental health issue shouldn’t be allowed to have children & experience the most beautiful thing this life can give you? It’s the same as telling someone who has diabetes or any manageable condition, that they shouldn’t have kids. I highly disagree with that! https://t.co/35arLKFgNU— Tyler Baltierra (@TylerBaltierra) June 26, 2018
"So everyone who has a mental health issue shouldn’t be allowed to have children [and] experience the most beautiful thing this life can give you?" the 26-year-old wrote. "It’s the same as telling someone who has diabetes, or any manageable condition, that they shouldn’t have kids. I highly disagree with that!"
His supporters praised him for standing up for parents who also struggle with mental health issues, and many of them felt that Ty is helping to start a discussion about mental illness that will eventually help to change the stigma around it, and he agreed.
"Change starts with discussion," he wrote. "Discussion only happens when people are authentically transparent with one another...and when people are that vulnerable, only then can we connect as a united race of open minded human beings that support [and] love each other through their differences." Well said, Ty!
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness's helpline at 800-950-6264.