Father tells of bullying after suicide of Akubra girl ‘Dolly’ Amy Everett | Society

Father tells of bullying after suicide of Akubra girl ‘Dolly’ Amy Everett | Society
Father tells of bullying after suicide of Akubra girl ‘Dolly’ Amy Everett | Society

A public service will be held in the Northern Territory in memory of the 14-year-old former face of an Akubra hats ad campaign, who took her own life last week after being bullied.

Her father, Tick Everett, took to social media to describe his grief over the loss of “Dolly” Amy Jayne Everett, saying his beloved daughter felt she had no other option.

“I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I guarantee those people wouldn’t have half the strength that my precious little angel had, Doll had the strength to do what she thought she had to do to escape the evil in this world,” he wrote on Facebook.

“However, unfortunately, Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind.

“If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll’s life will not be wasted.”

“If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created.

“Let’s stop the bullies no matter where, but especially in our kids, as the old saying goes. You will never know what have until it’s gone.”

Akubra hats posted its own tribute, shared more than 11,000 times, honouring the girl who was the face of their previous Christmas advertisements.

“To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that this was their only option is unfathomable,” the company wrote.

“Bullying of any type is unacceptable. It is up to us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.”

The service will be held on Friday at the Casuarina Street primary school in Katherine East.

Friends and family are asked to wear blue, which was Dolly’s favourite colour.

Readers in Australia seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14; Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467; MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78; Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au. Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS. Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (for young people aged 5 to 25).

In the UK and Ireland, the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. Papyrus are contactable on 0800 068 41 41 or by texting 07786 209 697, or emailing pat@papyrus-uk.org. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Hotlines in other countries can be found here.



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