Friday, 28 May 2010

Teen suicide - Ané Vermoten

Ané Vermoten.

Ané Vermoten. You ended your life this week. Full stop!

Ané Vermoten. We do not know you. But now we know of you! My teen is the same age and in the same grade as you. She only knows you are an Emo*, and that your boyfriend broke up with you. (?)

Ané Vermoten. You matter! Just because the school does not acknowledge your death, and does not announce it, does not mean you do not make an impact! Just because they do not acknowledge the grief and sadness of your fellow students, does not mean you/they are not important!

Ané Vermoten. You are 17 years old and your whole glorious exciting life was awaiting you!

Ané Vermoten. I am putting your name here. You matter!


*Emo:


"Today emo is commonly tied to both music and fashion as well as the emo subculture.[98] Usually among teens, the term "emo" is stereotyped with wearing skinny jeans, sometimes in bright colors, and tight t-shirts (usually short-sleeved) which often bear the names of emo bands.
Emo has been associated with a stereotype that includes being particularly
emotional, sensitive, shy, introverted, or angst-ridden. It has also been
associated with depression, self-injury, and suicide.” Wikipedia

8 comments:

  1. This post touched my heart. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Devastating.

    How can the school not acknowledge her death?

    This post moved me deeply.

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  3. Oh, this is so sad.

    I am always heartbroken when I hear of a person taking their own life... the pain they must have been in is unimaginable for me.

    Thank you for telling me about Ané. I would probably have never heard about her otherwise.

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  4. How very, very sad. A life ended even before it could really begin.

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  5. Oh this is very sad ... depression and everything going on in their lives ... so sad for the poor parents that have to deal with this.

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  6. So glad you put it up here - the school need to catch a wake -up call - if they do not deal with it and get trauma councilors, they are going to have more. A well known fact.

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  7. So very sad. My own daughter is the same age. What strikes me is how many teens from the school, knew so little about her. She also had a fight with her friend, and my heart goes out to this girl, as she has an extra heavy burden to work through. And the parents...we could not begin to understand....Thank you for this post and raising awareness.

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