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Story Submission by Lauren, Age 16
For nine years I was bullied for loving cars, motorsport, racing go karts and having the dream to be the first Australian female F1 driver, I was in year 2 when most of this started and it started to get worse in High School.
In classes I would get paper, pens, scissors, glue, food thrown at me, get called mean and inappropriate names, physically pushed over and kicked, told me all sorts of stuff like I’ll never get to F1 and that I suck at karting etc..
I then turned to self-harm and would cut myself, I was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety, and would then overdose on anything I could find. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve attempted. I’ve lost count. I think about killing myself every single day. I have also wanted to turn to drugs but haven’t gone down that road.
I see a psychiatrist every few weeks and talk. I’ve moved schools since and I’m starting to like school for once in all of my schooling years, I still have stuff happen out of school but at least it’s not every single day anymore.
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