Braunwyn Windham-Burke supports mental health awareness, but she is denying that she was placed under a 5150 psychiatric hold.
Windham-Burke, 43, spoke out against the allegation recently made by her “Real Housewives of Orange County” co-star Kelly Dodd in a series of tweets.
While some of her tweets regarding Windham-Burke remain on Dodd’s account, she deleted one that read, “I am not going to be blamed for her mental disorders, alcoholism, cheating, violence, & her children being depressed. She’s been in a 5150 hold.”
In a video posted to her Instagram Story, Windham-Burke said, “Good morning. So once again, I’m waking up, reading some stuff and honestly, there’s certain people I work with that I’m shocked how much they get away with. How many lies they’re allowed to tell — how it seems like nothing really happens.”
“I just want to clear something up. I’ve never been on a 5150 hold,” she continued. “That’s a lie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. You know, when I needed help 10 years ago, I checked myself in. So that’s a different situation. But, 5150 holds are good for people who need them. There’s no shame in that. There’s no shame in mental health issues.”
A 5150-5155 hold is defined by California state law as “when a person, as a result of a mental health disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled, a peace officer, professional person in charge of a facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment, member of the attending staff, as defined by regulation, of a facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment, designated members of a mobile crisis team, or professional person designated by the county may, upon probable cause, take, or cause to be taken, the person into custody for a period of up to 72 hours for assessment, evaluation, and crisis intervention, or placement for evaluation and treatment in a facility designated by the county for evaluation and treatment and approved by the State Department of Health Care Services.”
Windham-Burke then promoted that she started holding Zoom calls to discuss mental health and offer support to others.
Dodd, 45, also tweeted-and-deleted a reference to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Taylor Armstrong accusing her husband, Russell Armstrong, of abuse in early seasons of the show, writing: “Haven’t they learned anything from Taylor Armstrong’s late husband? Clean up your own house. Get help. Stop blaming others.”
Russell killed himself on August 15, 2011, one month after Taylor filed for divorce after an incident where he fractured her orbital floor and she had to undergo reconstructive surgery on her right eye. Russell was allegedly distraught over how Bravo had portrayed him on the show when he hung himself, and Taylor exited the series after Season 3 (2012-2013).
Taylor accused Russell of abusing her on multiple occasions, with the cast even staging an intervention of sorts to discuss the situation.
Dodd and Windham-Burke have been at odds after Dodd claimed the mom of seven’s sobriety was for a storyline. Windham-Burke revealed that she is an alcoholic in the first episode of Season 15 of “RHOC,” which is currently airing.
In the most recent episode, she confessed to physically abusing her husband, Sean Burke.
In real-time, she came out earlier this month and said she was in a lesbian relationship with a woman named Kris.
It appears that Windham-Burke is not on good terms with her other co-stars either, as she recently told a fan on social media that Tamra Judge “has been the only person from ‘RHOC’ that has been there” for her.
She proclaimed, “She knew I was sober and kept it to herself, she knew we were struggling with our daughters mental health issues and listened, she got me through a day that was so hard I was physically shaking. Whatever you think you know, you don’t.”
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