Young and depressed

Young and depressed: Just 10 and she wanted to die

A 10-year-old girl with low self-esteem and who was targeted by bullies wrote this note after a spat with her mother last year. Her mother found it while cleaning the girl's room and sought help. After being counselled regularly and monitored, the gi
A 10-year-old girl with low self-esteem and who was targeted by bullies wrote this note after a spat with her mother last year. Her mother found it while cleaning the girl's room and sought help. After being counselled regularly and monitored, the girl is now more stable emotionally and coping well in school. PHOTO: CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

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She felt so down after a quarrel, she thought of killing herself and fantasised about "how good" it would be if she was dead.

And she was all of 10 years old.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Just 10 and she wanted to die'. Print Edition | Subscribe