AN eight-year-old schoolboy who could no longer cope with being relentlessly bullied left a desperate note on his teacher’s desk saying: “God, please take me”.
Jack Wilkinson had been targeted for years by bullies and weeks before writing the note he was beaten for 10 minutes by a classmate in the playground and stabbed with a plastic fork.
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The cruel taunts and bullying became so bad that he believed there was only one way to stop the pain.
He penned an apparent suicide note on his teacher’s desk.
And later that night he wrote “I don’t want to be alive” in felt-tip pen on his pillow.
His mum Kristy Sturgess told Daily Mail Australia: “He was just done.
“Jack was physically hit and kicked in the playground for nearly 10 minutes, and was stabbed with a plastic fork in the back.
“He had bruises on his legs and a fork mark in his shoulder. I just broke down in tears.
“That was the final straw for Jack after going through such a hard few years.”
Jack was suffering from anxiety and being bullied at school because of it.
Photos from back then show scratch marks and bruises Jack received after being beaten by classmates and picked on because they called him “crazy”.
To help overcome it, the now nine-year-old turned to drawing and art.
“I get really anxious when I’m scared and can’t do anything about it and I find painting and drawing makes me concentrate on something else,” he said.
“My drawings just come from my head and I start to think about the drawings I have already done and it makes me want to do more.”
Now Ms Sturgess, who is a clothing manufacturer, has helped him create a line of T-shirts featuring his drawings to raise money for Kids Helpline.
“Jack is just an everyday kid who loves tennis, soccer and Lego but he also has severe anxiety,” Ms Sturgess said.
“His outlet has always been art therapy. Drawing helps him calm down and what he creates in those times of stress just blows me away.”
Thousands of calls to Kids Helpline go unanswered every year and the majority of calls are now about mental health issues.
More than a quarter of calls in 2017 were from a young person aged five to 25 asking for help with mental health issues, many of them reporting concerns about anxiety and depression.
“We hear so many terrible stories about young Australians taking their own lives and anxiety and depression among kids is really a growing epidemic,” Ms Sturgess said.
“I felt there was a way to raise awareness about childhood anxiety disorders that also raises much needed funding for services like Kids Helpline.”
Kids Helpline chief executive Tracy Adams said on average they dealt with about 800 calls or online requests for help every day.
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“While we do our very best with the resources we have, more than 186,000 calls and requests for help went unanswered in 2018, so every fundraising dollar we can secure is gratefully received,” she said.
Visit Jack’s website or Instagram page to find out more.
If this story has raised issues of concern for you or someone you know, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.