In November 2017, 14-year-old Molly Russell passed away. The family found her in the bedroom one morning after a perfectly normal evening with the family in London, he writes Watchman.
The girl had cut herself and lost her life, leaving her family in deep grief. It wasn’t long before they found out that their daughter was living a life they didn’t know about on the internet. Her father, Ian Russell, described her as a scientist he did not recognize. It was said that the content she watched was so harmful that it led to her death.
Nobody should try this
The girl had seen content dealing with depression, anxiety and suicide. The coroner believes this contributed to her death, but does not classify it as a suicide. It is believed that the cause of death was self-made.
Prince William spoke out after the forensic findings were made, and paid tribute to the 14-year-old’s family.
No parent should have to deal with what Ian Russell and his family went through, says Prince and continues:
Online safety for our children and youth should be a prerequisite, not an afterthought.
On the other hand, the coroner believes that Molly was at a period in her life where she is easily influenced by what she sees on the internet.
– She was exposed to substances that may have affected her negatively, in addition to what may have started when depression turned into a more serious depressive illness, he said.
Mental health advocacy
Prince William and his wife, Princess Kate, 40, have long focused the spotlight on mental health in young adults. The Prince previously stated that he considers it very important for parents to talk to their children about mental health.
– He said it can change a child’s direction in life forever if problems are not solved, according to the report Watchman.
He also said that mental health is just as important as mental health.
It is often said that parents may find it difficult to talk about their own feelings, so it is not surprising that they struggle to talk to their son or daughter about it. But we don’t really have a choice. I truly believe that a child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health.
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