Fun Loving British Schoolgirl Hangs Herself Because of Social Media Bullying

Published July 11th, 2018 - 03:35 GMT
Sian Waterhouse (Twitter)
Sian Waterhouse (Twitter)

A 'bubbly and fun loving' schoolgirl hanged herself after suffering from bouts of anxiety because of cruel bullying on social media.

Sian Waterhouse regularly used Snapchat and Facebook after being given a new phone for Christmas, but was subjected to taunts from her peers which led to her self-harming.

The 16-year-old, who had been preparing for her GCSEs and was 'looking forward to her prom', was found hanged by her stepfather at their home in Morecambe, Lancashire in February this year.

Sian was referred to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) following a bout of self-harming but was discharged just before her 16th birthday, an inquest heard.

Her stepfather Phillip Noyland told the hearing: 'She was a normal child who loved school and was interested in everything. She was always having fun and laughing and joking.

'She was fine until she got a mobile phone for Christmas, she was always on it.'

Mr Noyland said Sian was put on medication shortly before Christmas 2017 but was told she was too old to get back in touch with the CAHMS team and was put on medication and a mild dose of antidepressants.

In February the youngster faced 'some issues with other children over bullying,' Mr Noyland added.

On February 18 Sian had been preparing for her exams after a Sunday afternoon shopping trip when her stepfather thought he heard her return home.

He said: 'I checked on her a couple times and everything seemed fine, she was making tea for her and friend. I was in bed later that evening when I heard the back door shut and what I thought was Sian coming upstairs.

'I texted to see if she was ok and had no response. I went down to check on her and on the dining table and there was a note and I saw her.'

 

 

The youngster, who attended Morecambe Community High School, died in hospital two days later and her organs were donated to help save the lives of others.

Sian's mother Ann added: 'Before the first time she self harmed, she showed no indication of any depressive episodes or self harm. She was looking forward to attending her school prom and this seemed to be a goal for her.

'I became aware that there were issues with friendships and who she hung around with. There were also issues with bullying and I told her to block their numbers from her phone and as far as I was aware she did.

'On February 18, Sian went to Preston with a friend but she was a little anxious about those people who were related to the bullying.

'I told her to call the police if anything happened but she called me in the afternoon and seemed in a good mood and happy. She said she had bought some new clothes for a friend's party the following week.

'I collected her at around 3.30pm and she said she would try the new clothes on for me to see. I was going out for the evening and left at around 6pm and I encouraged her to do some revision for her upcoming mock exams.

'I called her on the phone that evening and she sounded a bit down but said that she was alright - then Phillip found her.'

In a statement Sian's father Paul Waterhouse said he believed she 'might have fallen into the wrong crowd' at high school.

He added: 'She had a bright bubbly personality but people are great at hiding their conditions.

'An event in 2017 with a young lad troubled Sian but there were no signs that she was feeling low or depressed.'

Sian's GP Dr Irfan Zafar told the hearing the teenager had fallen out with friends and 'said she felt like her heart was sinking.'

Mental health services counsellor Susan Lingwood said Sian was troubled over peer relationships and bullying, but was doing well and working towards her GCSEs.

Recording a narrative conclusion, coroner James Newman said: 'Sian was a bubbly, fun and happy young woman but was undoubtedly hit by mental health issues which are one of the greatest issues of our time.

'She has been described as a very loving, happy and friendly 16 year old girl - a 16 year old girl going through all of the troubles a normal teenager would go through, but given her sensitive nature she felt it more than others.'

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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