Alexa Ray Joel Heading Back To School To Help Young Women Battle “Heartbreak-Related Depression”

Alexa Ray Joel is hangin’ tough in 2010.

The singer-songwriter daughter of musician Billy Joel and model icon Christie Brinkley, 23, was hospitalized in November after reportedly overdosing on homeopathic pills in her Manhattan apartment. In a message on her MySpace blog Saturday, the once suicidal beauty thanked her fans for standing by her and has vowed to help others battling “heartbreak-related depression.”

“I have many exciting new developments for the New Year. Most importantly, to help young girls with something I feel I know a GREAT deal about: Heartbreak-Related Depression,” Alexa tenderly wrote.

The brunette crooner is even heading back to school after dropping out of New York University as a sophomore more than four years ago.

“Although it does not get much attention in our society, it is a very serious and painful condition that often gets ‘swept under the carpet.’ I hope to bring this topic more to light… I’m even going back to school for Psychology in hopes to learn more about this and many other afflictions that many of us have had to face,” Alexa continued. “I just wanted to thank you all for the incredible outpouring of love and support. It’s certainly been a whirlwind of a month, but reading all of your encouraging posts has never failed to cheer me up!!!”

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