Olivia Penpraze, 19: Bullying and Depression Leads to Death by Suicide
I was hoping that i would never have to do something like this but it seems that that time has come. as of 9:20pm 3rd of April 2012 (Melbourne Australia time) a girl by the name of Olivia Penpraze died as a result of a suicide attempt. she was on life support for a number of days and her parents had to make the traumatic decision to turn it off as she was brain-dead. like Jamie, she used tumblr as her escape to post all of her thoughts and messages. she suffered from extreme depression and it really upsets me that I didn’t do anything to help her, even though there probably was nothing I could do. She will be one of the many teenagers each year that goes unnoticed, not documented, not in the media. but all i hope is that she is in a better place now. it’s your time to shine Olivia, we all love and miss you ♥
No, Andrew, she won’t go unnoticed. Not if I have anything to do with it. I watched the video that she had made, and it just ripped my heart from my chest. No one, no one should have to live such a life of unchecked turmoil. Olivia had been screaming for help for almost a decade. Finally, the demons of mental illness and depression won. Depression that was brought on by bullying.Bullying. Again. Will it ever end? Not as long as people keep talking about it rather than doing something about it. According to a post her father made on her tumblr page, a photo and thought-sharing website used by many teens, people there had been bullying her, as well. How on Earth does a person sit behind a computer screen and urge a person who is already obviously in crisis to kill themselves? How does one think that’s cool or funny? Or, do they just truly not care? Olivia’s dad’s letter said that this had gone on before she attempted suicide for the last time:
To all of my daughter’s followers, this is to let you all know that on Thursday, 29th March, Olivia attempted suicide, as a result she is on life support and this will be terminated shortly due to her being brain dead. So, to all of the people who posted support of this outcome on this blog, you can be real proud of yourselves. As a father who witnessed her first breath of life and now to witness her last, I thank you for your utmost disregard for life. If this sort of activity gets you off, you are nothing. To those of you who offered her support to refrain from killing herself, thanks. You should all try to make contact with family even if it is against your wishes. At least leave a contact somewhere on your blog in times of need. I know that you all need somewhere you can vent your anger and feelings and that these blogs can help, but in reality family must always come first…
I talked to someone else just tonight, as I was writing this actually, who had someone on that same page telling her that she, too, should kill herself. Who is teaching these young people such a deep level of hatred? Is it hatred? Or, is it simply an ambivalence of human life? Do today’s youth just not give a rat’s ass about the next human being? Have they become desensitized to human life? Look, it’s become painfully and frighteningly clear that the change in our culture has got to start with the adults since that’s where young people learn from. No teen, anywhere, should ever feel so helpless and hopeless that they feel the only way out is to end their life. At the same time, no teen, anywhere, at anytime!, should feel that it’s perfectly okay to bully another person for any reason. Hatred and intolerance is taught.
When I asked Andrew, the young man who posted the original post about Olivia’s lost battle, if he had anything he wanted to say about her, he had this:
she loved her friends and always seemed happy. I remember once at choir she said she was changing schools. That may have been when she quit school like she said in her video. As i have said before, I wasn’t close with her. But, on the outside, she was happy; on the inside, it seems she was screaming for help. We all miss her, and I personally am going to do everything I can in my power now to put an end to bullying and teen suicide.
We need more Andrews. Families and friends should now be forced to go through this kind of trauma…this level of pain. May you rest in peace, Olivia.
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