Tick Everett’s daughter Amy Jayne Everett, affectionately known as Dolly, died by suicide on January 3.
Mr Everett said his daughter was bullied so badly she felt she needed to “escape the evil in this world”.
“I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I guarantee those people wouldn’t have half the strength that my precious little angel had,” Mr Everett wrote on Facebook, in a message also signed by his wife Kate and elder daughter Meg.
“Unfortunately Dolly will never know the great pain and emptiness left behind,” he wrote.
Dolly Everett took her own life after being bullied.Source:Facebook
Mr Everett urged people to stop bullying and share this photo of his daughter to spread awareness about the issue, using the hashtag #StopBullyingNow.
The social media campaign launched following Dolly’s death.Source:Facebook
He also called out his daughter’s bullies directly.
“If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created,” he wrote.
“The second is for the strong ones, lets stop the bullies no matter where, but especially in our kids, as the old saying goes. You will never know what have until it’s gone.”
Dolly Everett (right) with her family, (L-R) sister Meg, mother Kate and Dad Tick.Source:Facebook
Mr Everett thanked those who had reached out to the family since Dolly’s death and offered their support.
His post has been liked and shared hundreds of times and received hundreds of comments from supporters.
“My deepest condolences to your family. No words will ever ease your pain. A beautiful young lady taken far too soon,” one person wrote.
Another said: “Sending big love, strength & prayers to you all & family ♥️ Thinking of you all at this horrible heartbreaking time.”
“I would like to thank everybody for their kind and supportive words over the last few days it is truly amazing,” Mr Everett wrote.
“This week has been an example of how social media should be used, it has also been an example of how it shouldn’t be.
“If we can help other precious lives from being lost and the suffering of so many, then Doll’s life will not be wasted.”
Dolly was once the face of the iconic Australian hat brand Akubra. The brand has left a tribute to Dolly on its social media accounts, supporting the #StopBullyingNow campaign.
“This is not an easy post to write. We were shocked and distressed to hear of the passing of “Dolly” — the young girl many of you will recognise as the face of our past Christmas adverts,” the brand said.
“Dolly could be anyone’s daughter, sister, friend. We need to make sure that anyone in crisis knows there is always someone to talk to. Be a friend, check up on your mates.”
We are shocked and distressed to hear of the passing of “Dolly” – the young girl many of you will recognise from our past Christmas adverts. This beautiful photo was taken 8 years ago. Dolly chose to end her life to escape the bullying she was being subjected to. She was not even 15 years old. To think that anyone could feel so overwhelmed and that suicide was their only option is unfathomable. Bullying of any kind is unacceptable. It is abuse and it is time for us to stand up when we see any kind of bullying behaviour. Dolly could be anyone’s daughter, sister, friend. We need to make sure that anyone in crisis knows there is always someone to talk to. Be a friend, check up on your mates. Our hearts go out to Dolly’s family and friends. Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett 1.5.2003-3.1.2018 #stopbullyingnow #doitfordolly #justbekind
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Dolly’s funeral will be held this Friday at Casurina St Primary School in Katherine East, North Territory.
Supporters are encouraged to wear blue, Dolly’s favourite colour, and donate funds to the Dolly’s Dream charity, in lieu of flowers.
If you or anyone you know needs support call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit Lifeline.org.au