A mum has spoken out about the bullying which led to her daughter taking her own life in 2017 following a fallout with her friends about a festival ticket.
The 20-year-old Molly Carter had purchased a £70 Parklife ticket herself before her friends took it away and refused to let her have it, as they wanted to invite someone else to go with them.
Despite the argument, Molly still attended the festival in June 2017 with that group of friends but left early after she feared her drink had been spiked.
She rang her mum and told her someone had put something in her tea and that her friends were being "nasty".
Molly's mother has now spoken about the devastating effects of social media bullying which she says stole her daughter from her.
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Grieving Karen Carter said her heartbreak will never end and has urged people to be kinder following her daughter's suicide.
She said her bubbly daughter's friends were mean to her and excluded her, and they would leave nasty comments on her pictures online and go on holidays without her.
The aspiring hairdresser had endured years of constant bullying online, and that the Parklife tickets were the "final straw", according to Karen.
Describing online abuse as impossible to escape, Karen said the words and comments on social media have a permanent and devastating effect.
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“She was a bubbly, kind, and friendly girl but she had some issues with her friends because they were excluding her a lot.
“There were so many little things they would do, but they weren’t little things to my Molly.
Following the festival, Molly was under observation at Burnley General Hospital for ten days before she was sectioned.
She was then transferred between mental health units in Blackburn, Bradford and Blackpool, in the space of two weeks.
Tragically, Molly was found dead on 29 August 2017, just a few weeks after being discharged.
An inquest into Molly’s death last month reached a verdict of misadventure.
Karen said: “My life will never be the same, something will always be missing.
“I miss her so much. She was my best friend, we spent so much time together and spoke about everything.
Karen, who is also a mum to a 15-year-old daughter and 26-year-old son, also said: “When she was sectioned they kept moving her about, but my daughter had never been away from home before then.
“Young and vulnerable people shouldn’t be taken far away from their homes.
“She was never right after that, I couldn’t even recognise her anymore, she was like a sick drugged up zombie when she got out.”
The single mum added: “I just feel like the system is broken. It’s supposed to help someone who is going through a difficult time, but it doesn’t.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her.”
For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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