A TROUBLED teen killed herself after telling a pal on the phone: "I'm going to do it", an inquest heard today.
Chloe Davison, 19, was found hanged at her family home in County Durham on December 20.
The teenager was on the phone to her pal telling her "I've got it round my neck, I am going to do it" before the line went dead, the hearing was told.
Emergency crews rushed to her home but were unable to save her and she was declared dead at the scene.
The inquest heard how Chloe had been receiving mental health support since the age of 16 and had a history of self harm and binge drinking.
Before her death, her family had expressed concern about the care she received from the Tees Esk and Wear Valley Foundation Trust, who appeared to have discharged her from a disorders team but failed to appoint a support worker.
Bungling health workers then finally got in touch offering the waitress support during lockdown – four months after she died.
SOCIAL MEDIA OBSESSION
Her family revealed previously how Chloe had become obsessed with the perfect image and would remove photos of herself if they didn't receive enough likes on social media.
She would also ask her family to like her photos as social media "took over her life".
Her mum Clair said she blamed social media "a lot for what has happened."
She told the Newcastle Chronicle: "The impact it has, especially on younger people, can be devastating. Social media took over Chloe's life – whether that be Snapchat or Facebook.
"She struggled socially from being at school so she didn't work. Social media was her way of getting through the day. She didn't go out a lot.
"Younger people need more help and education on social media.
"There are too many people out there who can say what they like because it's not face-to-face."
YOU'RE NOT ALONE
EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.
It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.
It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.
And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.
Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.
That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.
The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.
Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.
If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:
- CALM, www.thecalmzone.net, 0800 585 858
- Heads Together, www.headstogether.org.uk
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk, 0300 123 3393
- Papyrus, www.papyrus-uk.org, 0800 068 41 41
- Samaritans, www.samaritans.org, 116 123
- Movember, www.uk.movember.com
Clair described her "bubbly and hilarious" daughter as the "life and soul of the the party".
Tragically, she was on a rare night out when a bouncer pulled her to one side where police told her Chloe was dead.
She added: "I'd left her at 9pm and she took her own life at around 11.30pm at home. It is all a blur to me now. We were so close, she was my baby."
Chloe's sister Jade had given birth to a baby girl shortly before the tragedy, who Chloe "welcomed her arrival with love and affection."
'SHE DIDN'T FEEL ACCEPTED'
Jade previously told how Chloe was constantly looking for reassurance on social media.
And she believes sites such as Facebook and Snapchat should face greater scrutiny.
Jade told The Sun Online: "Chloe was the type of person who, if she put a picture on Facebook, would ask the whole family to like her picture or would sit with me and ask which one I thought was the best before she would post it.
"She thought she wasn't good enough unless she was getting likes and comments. If she didn't get enough likes, she didn't feel accepted.
"Social media isn't 100 per cent the cause [for her death] but it was a big part because it's too easy for people to sit behind a phone or computer and send nasty messages with no consequences.
"I sat with Chloe many nights when she was crying because someone had said something horrible.
"Chloe didn't see what we saw. She was so beautiful inside and out and would have done absolutely anything for me, her baby niece and the rest of her family."
Durham coroner Crispin Glover recorded a verdict of suicide by hanging.
He said he noted the family's concern about Chloe's apparent discharge from Tees Eask and Wear Valley Trust's Affective Disorders Team on November 18th last year.
He added: "Chloe had a close relationship with her support worker and a replacement support worker had not been appointed prior to her death."
If you are affected by any of the issues raised in this article, please call the Samaritans on (free) 116123
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