Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett, aged 14, took her own life after an extended period of bullying and cyberbullying and her Mum Kate joined Jase & PJ to share her heartbreaking story of losing her daughter.
“Can I ask, looking back in Dolly’s situation, was there any ever signs that she was unhappy?” Jase asked.
“You know, just the change of attitude, going back to school.” Kate responded.
“She was scared to go back to school?”
“Yeah, and just almost turned into another personality. And obviously, at the time it was a coping mechanism.
“I did the age-old ‘you’d be right, everybody else is trying to fit in too, and stay away from those girls, and don’t be influenced into that’.
“Looking back, I would have changed a thousand things.
PJ asked about finding a healthy balance online “For parents nowadays, because children are online so much fo the time what do you think is the answer between that healthy balance of going online safely? How do actually navigate through that?”
“Don’t go ‘Oh it’ll be right’, or ‘it’s just a messaging service, it’s just a gaming platform’
“Educate yourself on the pros and cons and be comfortable with those choices
“It is a healthy balance.
“Can I ask, what was Dolly like?” Jase asked.
“She was your average teenage girl, but she was ours.
“She had that wild hair that never stayed up.
“She would be beautifully dressed and with crazy hair and I’d alway be rousing on her.
“She just commanded attention, she was this point sized little being, she’d walk in and just have this amazing sense of humor.
“She was just this beautiful soul that saw the good in everyone.”
You can listen to the full interview above, and if you or anyone you know is seeking help you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Dolly’s Dream was set up in memory of Dolly and to start a nationwide conversation about the devastating effects of bullying.
PJ Harding is also taking a stand against online bullying by getting in the boxing ring for a charity match with AFLW star Tayla Harris on September 5.