Breaking the Silence

They buried her last week. A beautiful fifteen year old girl. Surrounded by people who loved her. The world at her feet. But for this young woman on the verge of adulthood life it seems was no longer worth living. Just fifteen. I look at her photos and it could be my daughter. It’s deeply affected all of us.

Rumour has it a close friend of hers lost her life just the month before. Again about fifteen. Young and breathtakingly beautiful. And I’m haunted by the picture of Michael Hutchence on her facebook page.

As I take in the horror of it all, it dawns on me there is something even more terrifying. A pattern that I start to see. Because the month before that, another girl. Just sixteen. They say she lost her battle with depression.

Three girls all linked by geography. Known to each other it seems. Each feeling the loss of the one that went before.

And I feel sick at the realisation.

Three stunningly beautiful girls. All dead, one month after the other, after the other.

And in a world where I am surrounded by people desperate to live, each one of these girls it seems was desperate to leave. I can only imagine the pain of the families and friends left behind. As a mother, my heart breaks for their parents. And as a therapist I despair that help did not come soon enough.

Words cannot describe the tragedy.

I heard a doctor speak about teenage suicide. And I was horrified. I never realised how big this issue was. Not widely publicised because it seems that might actually increase the risk of it happening again. But at what cost is the silence?  

The thing that frustrates me most is how incredibly powerless I feel. Because as a subconscious mind therapist I have the skills to help people through the darkness. To rediscover their joy. But ignorance keeps people from getting the help they need. Not knowing that other options exist where normal psychological and medical help has failed.

Most people don’t realise that emotions are subconscious. And this is where we need to work for true healing. After all, you can only find something when you look in the right place. Pills can only do so much and sometimes not enough.

When will people be referred for the right help?

Who will save our children?

If you are thinking about or affected by suicide, 24/7 crisis help is available. Please keep these numbers by your phone.

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800
  • MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

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