A heartbroken mother has urged those suffering from mental health problems to seek help after the sudden death of her daughter last week.
Caitlin Kirkaldy, 21, from Toowoomba, 120km west of Brisbane, was found dead at her home last Thursday.
Her mother Bron Kirkaldy told the local paper, The Chronicle that her daughter had been battling depression since high school.
She said wants Caitilin’s death to be a poignant reminder about the dangers of sitting in silence when it comes to mental health.
“I want people to ask for help, phone someone. I don’t care if it’s 2am, someone out there will listen and will hear you,” Ms Kirkaldy told the publication.
The mother remembered her daughter as a “beautiful” and “loyal” young woman.
“She was generous to a fault. She would do anything for anybody,” she said.
Online tributes have poured in for Caitlin, who worked as a barista, with many reaching out to Bron, her father Grant and Caitlin’s siblings with messages of support.
“So sorry for your loss, such a beautiful young lady,” a family friend wrote on Facebook.
“Rest in peace beautiful girl! You will be missed by so many people, way too young and beautiful,” another said.
Ms Kirkaldy said they are “overwhelmed” by the support from the local community.
A friend has since set up a GoFundMe page to help the family fund Caitlin’s funeral.
The page has raised nearly $1500 in just two days.
Her funeral will be held at Toowoomba’s Garden of Remembrance on Friday at 11am.
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