A heartbroken mother has told how her 14-year-old daughter committed suicide months after she stopped her from taking her own life twice.
Ariana Reedy, a talented student, had her whole life ahead of her as she prepared to finish school.
But the teenager was found dead at the foot of a cliff near to her father’s work last month in New Zealand.
Just months before the stricken schoolgirl had attempted suicide twice but her parents and brother managed to stop her.
On Thursday her heartbroken mother Hana told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Nothing will bring my daughter back’
Ariana Reedy, 14, (pictured) took her own life on August 15 after she was turned away twice from support after two previous attempts
And despite the rawness of her grief, Ms Reedy says it’s time to share the intimate detaiointo the pain her daughter left behind.
The beautiful schoolgirl’s family desperately tried to get Ariana help after she tried to take her life the first time.
Her mother says they were overlooked by the system. Six days later she tried again.
‘They were serious attempts too, but trying to get serious help for her was impossible.’
Ms Reddy took Ariana to the Hawke’s Bay Hospital seeking help where she was told it was full and there wasn’t a bed for Ariana.
Ariana spent a few days in the general children’s ward and a few days in the Emerge respite centre.
After a week Hana was told she needed to take her daughter home.
Ariana was a happy and bubbly girl when she would come home from school however her mother says she would come home and go on social media, then come out of her room ‘looking like hell’
Hana Reedy (pictured) is speaking out after her beloved Ariana tried twice to take her life in one week before successfully ending everything six months later
‘I literally begged them to keep her for a few more days but they said they couldn’t keep her for longer, how could I help her when I wasn’t right myself? I just needed a few more days to prepare,’ says Hana.
Her daughter was given Healthline and Youthline numbers and a counsellor, but nothing worked.
Ms Reedy was told Ariana had a behaviour problem, but the mother-of-three has been reassured it was nothing more out of the ordinary than a teenager eager to defy the rules.
‘I tried tooth and nail to get help. They just said she was angry and that she had behavioral issues,’ she said.
Now Ms Reedy, her husband and three other children are taking one day at a time as they try to return to the life they knew without their daughter.
‘Everyday it’s a struggle. I relive everything every single day. I replay each day in my head.’
In a recent move to shine a light on suicide in New Zealand 606 pairs of shoes representing lives lost to suicide in the year to June 2017 were laid around out across different land marks around the country.
Ariana was given Healthline and Youthline numbers and a counsellor, but nothing helped her
To shine a light on suicide in New Zealand 606 pairs of shoes representing lives lost to suicide in the year to June 2017 were laid around out across different land marks around the country (pictured Hana Reddy with a family member)
Before her daughter died, Ariana told her mother about a 15-year-old girl who had killed herself a few days earlier.
Hana Reedy (pictured left) relives each moment with her daughter Ariana (right) trying to figure out what moved her to take her own life
‘Two girls. Fifteen. Two weeks of each other. It’s just the tip of the ice berg.
‘I’ve been through hell and back. It’s not going to bring my daughter back. Yes, I’m grieving but it’s time to stop it the suicide epidemic.’
Mike King, a former New Zealand comedian who now dedicates his time to working with youths and mental health awareness advocate said change needs to happen from the top.
‘When you have a suicide prevention system that actively encourages you to attempt suicide in order access critical care something has too change.’
Genevieve Mora from Voices of Hope, a non-profit organisation started to raise awareness and experience around suicide, said the shoe campaign was a visual way of recognising the devastating number of lives lost.
‘The 606 campaign was both eye opening and heartbreaking. Thinking about all those shoes that should have been filled. It was confronting.
The shoes act as a visual representation of every person in one year that had lost their lives to suicide
Mike King, who is a mental health awareness advocate in New Zealand, said change needs to happen from the top
‘Nobody could look at an image like that and not be affected by it.’
She too believes something must change to stop New Zealand youths feeling like there is no other option.
‘When fighting a mental illness it is so easy to feel alone and as if you’re the only one fighting that battle.
‘It’s not okay when people are crying out for help and there is nowhere for them to go.’
‘The 606 campaign was both eye opening and heartbreaking. Thinking about all those shoes that should have been filled. It was confronting,’ a Voices of Hope representative said
For confidential support call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14.
Anyone across Australia experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide can contact Lifeline.
Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation their trained volunteers are ready to listen, provide support and referrals.