A 22-year-old model from Perth has shared a photo of herself taken after a suicide attempt to urge men and women battling depression to seek help.
Lara Kitchen, who was diagnosed with alopecia aerata at age 14 and lost all her hair, struggled with depression and anorexia throughout her adolescence.
But instead of seeking help for her struggle, the young woman tried to take her own life twice and in 2015, she entered the ICU and was left in an induced coma.
& # 39; I will share something very personal. This picture was taken while I was in the intensive care unit in a coma, with a respirator breathing while my body tried to cure the attempt to end my own life, "wrote Kitchen teacher on Monday.
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Lara Kitchen, who was diagnosed with Alopecia aerata and lost all of her hair as a teenager, struggled with depression and anorexia as a result.
The 22-year-old model from Perth shared this photo of herself taken after a suicide attempt to urge men and women struggling with depression to seek help.
"I did not see anything in my life, I did not want to be alive, I hated every part of overcoming this coma". I did not see anything of my life.
"After leaving this coma, I was transferred to a high dependency ward because I was still very sick and weak, during this time I had a 1: 1 nurse and although at that time I did not see or do not want to believe anything he said."
Mrs. Kitchen said that her nurse constantly reminded her that "God needed me to stay on this earth" and described her as her "first main support after waking up".
"She believed that I deserved life, she helped me gain the strength to walk again," he recalled.
"I did not see anything in my life, I did not want to be alive, I hated every part of overcoming this coma". I did not see anything of my life, "he said (pictured in 2017 with and without his wig)
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease characterized by hair loss without scars in single or multiple areas of the scalp, face or body.
It is a fairly common condition and approximately one person in 50 will experience an episode of alopecia areata.
Source: Australian College of Dermatologists
Mrs. Kitchen said that if the 2015 version of her knew her now, "I would not want to die."
"My family loves me, and I would have broken them all if I had not," he said.
That's just part of the story, but what I'm trying to get at is how important your life is. You are so worthy of life. People love and believe in you. You are strong beyond words.
"I can not stress enough for someone to always listen if you speak, I know for myself that I would like to have spoken before I finished where I was, Breaking the hearts of my family PLEASE do not let yourself get to where I was, look for help , your (sic) worthy of help, it's okay to talk!
"My family loves me, and I would have broken them all if I had not," he said.
That's just part of the story, but what I'm trying to get at is how important your life is. You are so worthy of life. People love and believe in you. You are strong beyond words, "he said.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Ms. Kitchen said that she started losing her hair just before high school and after receiving her diagnosis, she had mental health problems when trying to accept it.
"I thought it was due to stress, but it got worse to the point where I was going out in groups," he said.
& # 39; It started to fall out of my hair and gradually rose to the end. I hid it for months and would use a headband to try to hide it from people at school.
After seeing four doctors, a specialist told him that he had alopecia areata and that while the follicles were there, his hair would probably never grow back.
"I can not emphasize enough that someone always listens to you if you speak, I know for myself that I would like to have spoken before I finished where I was," he said.
Ms. Kitchen internalized the diagnosis and did not recognize it properly until she left school.
"When I was in the eighth year, people looked and had anxiety, so going to school was a big effort," said Mrs. Kitchen.
"Then rumors started circulating that I had cancer because people basically relate hair loss to cancer, which was what most benefited me because I was not sick … it was that my body was attacking itself and I did not know how to deal with that. "
Mrs. Kitchen told two friends about her Alopecia, who went with her to find her first wig.
Ms Kitchen has shared this video image of itself in 2016 without a wig to encourage women to embrace themselves and accept their imperfections
& # 39; They made me feel very comfortable. It was so scary because I did not want to accept that I had to wear a wig, "he said.
Later, Ms. Kitchen was diagnosed with anorexia and depression.
"They went back to when I lost my hair, because I could not control what my body was doing, I clung to being able to control my weight," he explained.
"When I left high school I started thinking about what was happening and I started to develop a very serious depression, I spent most of 2014 in a private mental health clinic because I was not dealing with everything.
"Then rumors started circulating that I had cancer because people basically relate hair loss to cancer, which was what most benefited me because I was not sick," he said.
"I was not doing anything in July 2015 and I reached my lowest point and an overdose of prescription drugs, I was in the ICU for four days in an induced coma.
But miracle saw Mrs. Kitchen leave 100% healthy and with a new vision of life.
"The doctors do not know how to explain how someone who was fighting for their life basically went so well," said Ms. Kitchen.
"Something clicked after that because they gave me a second chance in life, I'm in the modeling industry which puts a lot of pressure on the girls and I was like," You know what maybe that's why they gave me that opportunity "
Ms. Kitchen was diagnosed with anorexia and struggled with her mental health
"I want to show people of any age that they need to embrace what is not perfect about them." That they need to embrace what is different. I'm bald and that's what my imperfection is, like others think they have their nose down or they do not like the color of their eyes. "
Ms. Kitchen hopes to spread her positive message as much as possible.
To help her do it, she previously decided to make a video with Francesca from Freedom Couture, where she posed without her wig.
"Doing this was the scariest thing I've ever done and Francesca had wanted to do something with me for three years, but I never wanted people to know what I was hiding."
"I was not dealing at all and I got to my lowest point and an overdose of prescription drugs, I was in the ICU for four days in an induced coma," he said.
"But I realized that I wanted to show the girls that it's okay to wear a wig if you've lost your hair, just as it's OK not to!"
Mrs. Kitchen said it is enriching to know what is in sight and know that there is nothing to be ashamed of.
I do not see it as brave, it's something I wanted to do to help other people. I want others to know that I published this to show that I am a supporter of what girls like me are going through, "he said.
& # 39; Please talk about that. Even though it's like that, it's very scary to just talk to your friends and not internalize it. Everyone has the right to their opinion and it has nothing to do with you.
& # 39; Please talk about that. Even though it's like that, it's very scary to just talk to your friends and not internalize it. Everyone has the right to their opinion and it has nothing to do with you, "he said.
"There's always going to be someone trying to beat you down, but talking is the most important thing," he said.
"There's always going to be someone trying to beat you down, but talking is the most important thing." Even the simple act of calling one of the hotlines and talking about it makes a big difference.
Above all, hug it. Love yourself and accept every imperfection.
If you need help or support for an eating disorder or body image problem, please call Butterfly National Helpline at 1800 334 673 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
For confidential help with depression or anxiety, call Life line on 13 11 14 or Beyond the blue at 1300 224 636.
For confidential help with depression or anxiety for those specifically between 5 and 25 years old, call the Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 at any time.