The mother of a teenage boy who died by suicide has made a heartbreaking video featuring the parents of 11 other children who took their own lives.
The video, titled ‘Taken by suicide’ and addressed to Members of Parliament, was made by Gold Coast woman Ursula Wharton, whose 17-year-old son Josh killed himself in 2017.
Twelve mothers spoke longingly about their lost children in the emotional video, calling for more to be done to prevent teenage suicide.
Ms Wharton said parents of children who took their own lives needed to be more involved in prevention strategies.
‘Each of us of the loved ones of someone who has died is a piece of the puzzle… it’s a very complex problem,’ she said.
Ms Wharton said she had sent the video to MPs but had only been met with ‘cut and paste responses’.
‘It’s actually quite hurtful, it’s taken a lot of emotional energy to do this,’ she said.
Australia has one of the higher rates of child suicide in the world, and it is the country’s leading cause of death among young people.
Josh Klumper, 17, took his own life on September 16, 2017. His mother Ursula, who made the ‘Taken by suicide’ video, said she didn’t want other mothers to suffer the same pain she had
Josh Klumper, 17
Josh Klumper took his own life on September 5, 2017, and died in intensive care 11 days later. His mother Ursula, who made the ‘Taken by suicide’ video, said she didn’t want other mothers to suffer the same pain she had.
‘He was a beautiful boy. He had a lot to give, a lot of talent. He was my son,’ she said.
‘Josh was the one who was there for others, so when he went it caused this huge tsunami effect within his circle.’
Josh, who had autism spectrum disorder, was trying be ‘normal’ when he took his own life.
During his final visit to a hospital emergency department before he died, a nurse told him ‘if you’ve had this problem all your life and we haven’t been able to fix you yet we are not going to be able to fix you tonight’, Ms Wharton told Fairfax.
Indiana Aitkin-Glass was in year 10 when she took her own life on February 3, 2017
Indiana Aitkin-Glass, 16
Indiana Aitkin-Glass was in Year 10 when she took her own life on February 3, 2017.
Her mother Heidi Huddleston described her as a ‘dedicated student… who was extremely talented at all sports’.
‘Indiana loved her family, she had a huge love for all animals, she loved the outdoors and was extremely passionate about Indigenous culture,’ Ms Huddleston said.
Ms Huddleston shared the video to Facebook on Mother’s Day, saying it can be ‘hard for some’.
‘This video doesn’t begin to show just how many parents are living with this grief,’ she said.
Indiana left behind four sisters, and her mother Heidi has described her as her ‘angel’.
Joseph Mateo died on March 17, 2017, aged just 19 in Orange, central west New South Wales
Joseph Mateo, 19
Joseph Mateo died on March 17, 2017, in Orange, central west New South Wales.
His mother Leanne said he had a ‘heart of gold’ and a ‘beautiful soul’.
‘If I could have Joseph back in a heartbeat I would, if I could have taken his last breath for him I would have, that’s my job to protect my kid,’ she said.
In the video, Ms Mateo said Joseph was ‘everything you’d want in a child’.
Joseph’s family and friends successfully lobbied the Orange City Council to rename his local basketball court after him.
Ms Mateo said she hoped the name change would encourage those who are struggling with mental health issues to speak out.
‘I want it to be named after Joseph so it gives other young kids the awareness that life is important, there is help out there, someone will listen to me,’ she told the ABC.
Skyla Lomas was 16 when she took her own life on April 15, 2017 in Scarborough, Queensland
Skyla Lomas, 16
Skyla Lomas was 16 when she took her own life on April 15, 2017 in Narangba, Queensland.
Her mother Melissa Wilkinson said she was ‘the most kind, caring, empathetic person I’ve ever met’.
‘She was always there for her friends who had problems,’ Ms Wilkinson said.
Ms Wilkinson said her daughter had written a book for a school assessment about mental illness called ‘Things Can Change’.
Libby Bell, 13, from Adelaide, took her own life on August 28, 2017 after being tormented by bullies
Libby Bell, 13
Libby Bell from Adelaide, took her own life on August 28, 2017 after being tormented by bullies.
Her mother Crystal said Libby was a ‘bright, bubbly, beautiful, forever 13-year-old’.
‘[She] had so many hopes and dreams, she loved life and everything it had to offer,’ Ms Bell said.
‘She was the glue that kept our family motivated.’
Ms Bell said Libby was ‘too perfect for heaven’.
‘I will forever have a hole in my heart, where you belong because you were just too perfect for heaven,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘While I refuse to face the reality we now face for the rest of our lives, this afternoon was most definitely a soul destroying experience to sit where you took your last precious breaths one week on… the longest we’ve ever spent away from you in your whole life… because we couldn’t bear to part with your company.
‘It’s beyond comprehension that you thought this could be a solution to end your pain.’
Chloe Walklate, 13, from Logan, Queensland, took her own life in September, 2017
Chloe Walklate, 13
Chloe Walklate from Logan, Queensland, took her own life in September, 2017.
Chloe’s mother Samantha said Chloe was unhappy at school but she didn’t know the extent of her struggles.
‘Chloe’s biggest passion in this world was animals, and especially her beautiful horse who she loved and adored. Chloe was there for everyone,’ Ms Walklate said.
The day before she died Chloe was riding her horse and sharing jokes with her friends.
‘She hid [her sadness] a lot by making everybody else laugh. She was just a big goof, she used to draw things on her face, play tricks on people,’ Ms Walklate told the Queensland Times.
Daniel Hall died on March 15, 2018 aged 18. His mother Amanda said he suffered from anxiety from a young age
Daniel Hall, 18
Daniel Hall died on March 15, 2018. His mother Amanda said he suffered from anxiety from a young age, and was the eldest of five siblings.
‘He had a heart of gold, he had a strong sense of justice, he would stand up for anyone who wasn’t able to stand up for themselves,’ she said.
Ms Hall said she blamed the public health system for her son’s death.
‘He rang me and said, ”Mum, I’ve had a big fight with my girlfriend. I’m going to kill myself”,’ she told PerthNow.
She took him to the hospital and told medical staff her son was suicidal.
‘He couldn’t stop shaking. People were staring at him, saying, ”Oh another druggie”, and Daniel could hear that,’ she said.
‘We were treated like our son was a drug addict, not like a family with a suicidal boy. There is a big difference. The system is broken.’
Taylah Thorne was a ‘highly academic student’ in grade 12 when she took her own life on March 24, 2018
Taylah Thorne, 16
Taylah Thorne was a ‘highly academic student’ in grade 12 when she took her own life on March 24, 2018.
Her mother Bec said she wanted to join the defence force and was an avid book reader.
‘This is one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through,’ Ms Thorne wrote on a fundraising page after her daughter’s death.
‘If these donations can save even one child from feeling like it’s the end I know Taylah’s memory will live on. She will be forever 16,’ she wrote.
Daniel Henderson was 17 when he died on August 7, 2018. His mother Kim Edgar said he was a ‘natural musician – but he didn’t think so’
Daniel Henderson, 17
Daniel Henderson died on August 7, 2018. His mother Kim Edgar said he was a ‘natural musician – but he didn’t think so’.
‘He was fairly shy and sensitive but tried hard to mask this as he tried to fit in with the crowd,’ she said.
Daniel was an active member of his local Williamstown Lacrosse Club in Melbourne.
‘Growing up, he was a happy and active little boy who loved bugs and all things creepy crawly,’ Ms Edgar posted to Facebook after his death.
‘As Daniel entered adolescence, he began to struggle with his emotions. As time passed, he withdrew from his friends and family. Those closest to him endeavoured to understand his pain and help him. It wasn’t enough to keep him with us,’ she wroted.
Clio Spellman took her own life aged 14 on August 25, 2018. Her mother Rebecca said she was ‘our princess’
Clio Wainman, 14
Clio Wainman took her own life on August 25, 2018. Her mother Rebecca Spellman said she was ‘our princess’.
‘She was smart and funny, and kind and creative,’ she said.
‘She was the best big sister.’
In her funeral notice, Clio was described as being a ‘soldier in the war against herself’ and a ‘beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, great granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend’.
Cody Cullen was 14 when he died on December 10, 2018 in Ipswich, Queensland
Cody Cullen, 14
Cody Cullen died on December 10, 2018 in Ipswich, Queensland.
His mother Jeanette Simpson said he was a ‘beautiful soul’ and ‘outgoing’.
‘He did have a lot of friends… he was very proud of his friends and would stick up for his friends,’ she said. ‘He will be missed by everyone he knew.’
After his funeral, Ms Simpson said Cody had ‘love everywhere’.
‘I felt so proud to see how many friends my son had,’ she said.
Stella Hoare was 16 years old when she died on December 17, 2018
Stella Hoare, 16
Stella Hoare died on December 17, 2018. Her mother Angela Mackay said her daughter was ‘adored’.
‘She’s left behind myself, my husband, three sisters… and extended family,’ she said.
‘She was diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) and has suffered serious mental health issues her whole life.’
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