It is impossible to comprehend what the Kelly family is going though right now. After losing their son Thomas four years ago to a cowards punch attack in Kings Cross, they have now lost another child.
The death of any child – young or old – is an enduring tragedy for any parent. A child dying before their parents goes against the laws of nature. But it is another terrible, unnatural blow for a child to die when they have yet to reach adulthood.
To see them into the world, raise them through their frantic, beautiful, tricky and sometimes difficult childhoods and then lose them with so much of their life ahead, is almost impossible to bear.
Stuart Kelly speaks about losing his brother (post continues after video):
Sadly it is a problem for many Australian families. A report released last year painted a “confronting picture” around teenage depression, self-harm and suicide.
According to the report – the largest ever national survey of youth mental health of its kind in Australian history – released by health minister Susan Ley – about one in 13 teenagers (aged 12 to 17) have contemplated suicide with one in 20 reportedly making a plan to take their own life and one in 40 attempting it.
It is devastating to think there are so many teens who feel there are no other solutions but to take their lives. Any parent of a teenager has heard the stories passed around from school to school of “this girl” or “that boy” who has taken their life. Each story reignites the thin thread of fear in parents for their own children – because they know that sometimes – often – there is no real warning of this catastrophic plan.