A 20-year-old woman took her own life years after she was sexually groomed as her mental health deteriorated.
Caitlin O’Reilly left her family heartbroken after she decided to end her life in a hotel room in Manchester city.
Her grieving parents have now revealed her heartbreaking story to help others who are dealing with mental health problems.
In an interview with Stoke-on-Trent Live, Caitlyn’s mother Kay Speedman said: “When we found out what had happened to her when she was 13, that was a big change in everybody’s life.
“She always thought that she was not worthy. The first time she came home from high school, I thought somebody had bullied her.
“She had got ‘not good enough’ written with a black pen down her forearm. I said ‘who’s done that to you’. She looked at me and said ‘it was me’.”
She continued: “The problem we had is that at an early age, when she wasn’t ready, she was dealing with adult emotions and didn’t know how to.
“I knew her inside out. I’d be on pins thinking when I get home I am going to find blood in the bath when she self-harmed or she is going to be unconscious on the bed.”
Mrs. Speedman added: “Even when she was suffering with her own mental health she would stay up on social media for hours at night helping other kids.
“At night she’d get a message ‘I’ve self-harmed, what do I do’. She would sit up until the early hours talking to them.
“She was telling them they must do something about it and seek help. She would spend hours helping other people but she could never help herself.”
Mrs. Speedman paid tribute to her daughter and said: “She was full of fun and was crackers but also very sensitive.
“The message I want to give young girls is you’re beautiful, you’re good enough and you’re worthy. You don’t need a filter.”
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