Pressures of social media too much for teen
Pressures of social media too much for teen

A schoolgirl committed suicide because she could not cope with the pressures caused by social media and mobile phones, her father says.

The family of 15-year-old Olivia Glennie say they had no idea anything was wrong before her death.

He father Alex said the pressures of texting, Facebook and the internet makes teenagers face “too much, too young”, according to a Mail Online report.

Talented and popular, Olivia was outwardly happy but was hiding insecurities about her boyfriend, her friends and her looks, an inquest has heard.

Olivia’s mother, Diane, 49, read a statement to the inquest in Huddersfield.

“To be told that our beautiful daughter would not pull through brought unimaginable pain, all our hopes and dreams for her were shattered,” she said.

“She must have been in a really dark place at that time. This is something, as a mother, I wish I could have helped her with.”

Olivia’s friends told the inquest she was upset about breaking up with her boyfriend and she had also fallen out with a close friend.

The family of 15-year-old Olivia Glennie say they had no idea anything was wrong before her death. Photo: Supplied

One friend was aware she had been self-harming by cutting her hip, but her parents were not aware.

But her friends had been supportive and did not suspect she was suicidal.

Assistant coroner Mary Burke said Olivia “had everyday issues that you would expect with a teen growing up”.

She added: “She was a 15-year-old girl with a complex range of ever-increasing pressures and stresses which face adolescents in their daily lives.”

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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