A 19-year-old girl took her own life after she became obsessed with how people saw her on social media.
Chloe Davidson passed away at her home while talking to her best friend Lauren Askew.
Emergency services arrived at the scene after the teen spoke to Askew but paramedics could no longer save her.
Chloe’s mother, Claire Reynolds, shared how social media ‘took over’ her beloved daughter’s life and made her care so much about how she was perceived online.
“Other people did not see what we saw. Chloe was the joker, bubbly and hilarious,” the heartbroken mother expressed. “She was the life and soul of the party. Chloe was beautiful, but she didn’t see that.”
“She cared so much about how people saw her. She would post a picture on social media and want all her family to like it. If it wasn’t good enough she’d remove it.”
Ms. Reynolds continued: “I blame social media a lot for what has happened.
“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.”
The 19-year-old, who had a history of binge drinking and self-harm, had been receiving mental health support since she was 16.
A family friend representing the grieving mother told the inquest: “The discharge summary said Chloe had been referred to a community support worker and that they would be in contact within four to six weeks.
“But in the meantime Chloe had died. During lockdown from community support asking whether Chloe needed any support during lockdown. It seems she was never referred into the service.”
Ms. Reynolds said Chloe had just become an aunt to her sister’s baby girl and ‘welcomed her arrival with love and affection.’
“Chloe was and will always remain my beautiful witty youngest daughter … her short life impacted so many.
“We have and will always remain with so many unanswered questions for the rest of our lives.”
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