katelyn nicole davis (Her Story)

In this article,  we are talking about the story and life of a 12-years-old girl katelyn nicole davis who,unfortunately, completed a suicide attempt. 

We will be discussing the controversy surrounding her death, the possible factors that influence her decisions.

We will also be briefly covering the topic of suicide, suicide prevention, and what you can do if you suspect someone of having suicidal idealtion. 

Who was Katelyn Nicole Davis?

Katelyn Nicole Davis, who was known online by the username ITZ Dolly, was a 12-year-old American girl who committed suicide by hanging herself from a tree on a live stream event.

She was an active blogger on multiple social media platforms and recorded various blogs about her life, spiritual philogosy, her singing, and her life with her two younger siblings. 

Her videos also chronicles her emotional struggles, her life with an abusive stepfather, and what would seem like a neglectful mother. In her videos, there are clips of her mother being verbally abusive, as well as her testifying that her stepfather would sexually and physically abuse her as well as tell her to kill herself for being worthless. 

The video was shared on social media, particularly on Facebook. The resulting publicity brought an outpouring of online support and attention to the issues of suicide causes and prevention, child abuse, bullying, and appropriate use of social media.

Davis considered herself to be struggle with undiagnosed depression and according to her videos, she also engaged in self-harm and also attempted suicide by over-dosing on pills before her completed suicide attempt. 

In Spite of her own struggle, Davis was very devoted to her own spiritual philosophy as well as she wanted to help other people who were also struggling with emotional and self-harm issues related to their mental health.

It was after her suicide which was life streamed and shared particularly on facebook that there was an overwhelming publicity around her. It was also through her case that there was an attention brought on to issues related to suicide, prevention, child abuse, and appropirate social media use by children. 

What is the controversy surrounding Davis’ death?

Through out the years of vlogging,  12-year-old Katelyn Nicole Davis had recorded herself attesting to sexual and physical abuse by her step father including negelect by her own biological parents. 

She also recorded herself saying that her step father would often tell her to kill herself because she was worthless.

It is under this condition that Davis had attempted suicide the first time with medication overdose, she would also enageg in self harm and there was definite talk of depression and distress. 

In the late 2016, Davis completed a suicide attempt that was streamed and shared on various social media platforms. In the video she apologized to her friends and family for not living up to their expectations after which she hung herself from her back yard tree. 

The controversy surrounding her death was the fact that the entire situation was live streamed and shared which led to immense interest from the general public in her cases as well as the use of social media and consumption. 

Since her death, there have been multiple attempts to remove the videos from various platforms. While facebook has been successful in removing her video, snippets are still found on the internet. 

There have been plenty of allegations of abuse and neglect towards her parents and her step-father. While there has also been allegation that Davis was bullied in school as well as being catfished online. 

What are the possible reason for Davis’ suicide?

According to speculations, the various factors that has lead to the death of Davis include:

  • Parental abuse and neglect.
  • Possible Sexual abuse by her step-father
  • Bullying
  • Cybercrime of bullying and catfishing
  • Previsou attemotos of suicide also put her at more risk 
  • Undiagnosed depression due to life situation
  • Self harm behaviors

Truth be told, there are many issues and factors that may have caused the death and distress of this young girl- it is a community failure that davis’ struggle ended in her suicide.

The community and system failure to protect thai young child from cybercrime, active bullying, and child abuse are all issues that has come to light within the community since her death and it is this same issue that has caused so much controversy surrounding her death. 

What is suicide prevention?

Suicide prevention is a collection of efforts to reduce the risk of suicide. These efforts are either done by various individuals for their loved ones, by members of a community and a joint societal effort. 

According to WHO recommends four key interventions which have proven to be effective:

  • restricting access to means
  • working with the media to ensure responsible reporting of suicide.
  • helping young people develop skills to cope with life’s pressures
  • early identification and management of people who are thinking about suicide or who have made a suicide attempt, keeping follow-up contact in the short and longer-term

Suicde prevention is most effective when societal and community efforts are made to bring about systemic change and awareness of sucide and emotional distress in people. 

There must be efforts made to restrict the means of suicide such as guns via constintuional changes and ammedndents as well as heloing people develop skills to cope with life pressures. 

There must also be interventions made on all levels of society to help identify and manage people who are engaging in suicidal ideation as well as creating efforts for crisis intervention. 

Certain circumstances may increase risk of suicide. These risk factors include:

  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • A history of suicide in the family
  • Substance misuse
  • Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
  • Access to lethal means (e.g., keeping firearms in the home)
  • Losses and other events (for example, the breakup of a relationship or a death, academic failures, legal difficulties, financial difficulties, bullying)
  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Chronic physical illness, including chronic pain
  • Exposure to the suicidal behavior of others

Here are a few signs of suicidal ideation for you to look out for:

  • Often talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
  • Making comments about being hopeless, helpless or worthless
  • Expressions of having no reason for living
  • Increased alcohol and/or drug misuse
  • Sudden improvement in mood after lengthy episodes of depressed mood and hopelessness. 
  • Decrease in plan for the future.
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and community
  • Reckless behavior or more risky activities
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Giving things they love and consider important away to others

How can you help someone who is suicidal?

If someone indicates they are considering suicide, the best thing you can do is to listen and take their concerns seriously. 

Ask them a few questions that are mostly directed towards their thoughts and possible plans such as “how long have you been thinking this way?” or “What are some things you have done to plan it out?”

Asking and exploring the extent of their plans can help you understand if it is an immediate risk so that you can estimate how much time you have to help them get help. 

Let them know that you are and that you are there for them- do not guilt them into thinking or doing otherwise such as “think of your family”.

Remove any means of sucide they have on them or have prepared. Encourage them to seek help immediately from a knowledgeable professional. 

Don’t leave them alone and if you have to, get in touch with someone who lives with them and someone who can help seek support. 

Remain connected to them and ask them how they are doing since the last time you have spoken as connectedness and sense of support can reduce the risk of suciide. 

What to do if someone is attempting suicide?

If you are in close proximity with someon who is actively trying to commit suicide at that moment, these are the few things you can do to help them:

If safe for you to do so, remove the person’s access to any means of suicide or self-harm be it a rope, knife, or gun. If they are on a ledge, try to hold on to them if it is safe to do so. 

Stay with the person while you’re making contact with emergency services. 

Try to get someone else who can stay with you and the distressed individual until help comes. 

Once you have contacted the services, wait with them while the services arrive.

How to help someone suicidal online?

If you see someone online who is suicidal, there are several steps you can take to help this person.

  • Take their  words seriously and respond with compassion.
  • Encourage them to reach out for help to a friend, family member, counselor, clergy and other community members.
  • Encourage them to call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 
  • If the person online is saying they are going to kill him or herself at that moment try to find the person’s location and call the local police.

Conclusions

In this article,  we have discussed the story and life of a 12-years-old girl katelyn nicole davis who,unfortunately, completed a suicide attempt. 

We have also discussed the controversy surrounding her death, the possible factors that influence her decisions.

We have also briefly covered the topic of suicide, suicide prevention, and what you can do if you suspect someone of haing suicidal idealtion.

References

Suicide Prevention. APA. Retrieved on 29th november 2021.https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/suicide-prevention

Thompson.E.The Live Streamed Death of Katelyn Nicole Davis. Morbidology.14th October 2021. Retrieved on 29th November 2021. https://morbidology.com/the-live-streamed-suicide-of-katelyn-nicole-davis/

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