19 year old lady identified as Shante Stephenson, was reported to have committed suicide because her friend called her ugly and for loosing her job. Walthamstow Coroners Court revealed that the deceased had attempted suicide several times but received help and was tagged “No longer in crisis”
Dr William Travers, at the time a consultant psychiatrist with the Impart home treatment team, confirmed that he had met the teen a week after one of her first suicide attempts. Shante was said to be struggling with her weight and feelings of being inadequate.
He said: “It seemed to have been triggered by an experience she had performing a role in a theatre showcase, she didn’t think she performed it well, and she was dwelling on it, replaying it over and over in her mind.”
He added that “She told me that since the age of 11 she was focused on not being good enough, with regard to her career ambitions and her physical appearance in particular. “She was continuously comparing herself to her peers and frequently looking at multiple social media sites.”