& # 39; Help me, I want to die & # 39 ;: mother finds her 13-year-old son's hair-raising suicide letter while cleaning his bedroom – after years of being teased by bullies
- Alex Booth found a drawing of her son Sam from a gun that was fired at a boy's head
- He had & # 39; help me & # 39; and & # 39; I want to die & # 39; written and signed a chest
- Weeks later he threatened to stab himself in their house with a kitchen knife
- He revealed that he was being bullied at school and diagnosed with autism
Alex Booth was cleaning up her son Sam's room two days before his 13th birthday when she came across a drawing that stopped her heart.
In a blue pen on a piece of lined paper stood a chest next to a gun that was fired at a boy's head and the words & # 39; help me & # 39; and & # 39; I want to die & # 39 ;.
The mother of the three knew that Sam had difficulty empathizing with year 8 at his school in Adelaide last March, but never thought he committed suicide.
& # 39; I was absolutely shocked and numb, I had no idea my son felt that way, & # 39; she told Daily Mail Australia.
Alex Booth found scribbled in blue pen on a piece of lined paper was a chest next to a gun that was fired at a boy's head and the words & # 39; help me & # 39; and & # 39; I want to die & # 39; in Sam's room
The mother of the three knew that Sam had difficulty empathizing with year 8 at his Adelaide school last March, but never thought he committed suicide
Mrs. Booth spoke with friends working in the mental health field and made an appointment for Sam with the mental health youth organization, Headspace.
Five days after she found the drawing, she put down her son and told him she had arranged for him to see someone, but Sam insisted that everything was fine.
& # 39; Then I showed him the note. Sam replied: "Ok mom, it's not that I intend to jump for a train or something like that", & # 39; she said.
& # 39; My heart sank more and I cried. He just patted my hand and said & # 39; it's OK mom & # 39; but still didn't admit how he felt. & # 39;
Sam went to the appointment and halfway through he finally opened up about how he was bullied at school.
& # 39; He was in metalworking class and was bullied. He asked his teacher for help four times, but they were busy helping someone and didn't understand, & Booth said.
& # 39; Sam hid under a desk and then the other student came over and kicked him. & # 39;
Sam's family (pictured with his mother, two sisters and father David) gathered around him and helped him get therapy
A turning point came in August when Sam was diagnosed with autism, which helped alleviate school activity & # 39; and has given him more targeted help
Although Sam received help and he was aware of his problems, the situation only escalated two weeks later.
& # 39; He was bad at school and could not talk about his day, and he stood in the kitchen, grabbed a knife and stabbed himself, & # 39; his mother remembered.
Mrs. Booth talked to him and grabbed the knife, but after waiting four hours in the hospital, she was told that there was nothing more doctors could do and she followed the right steps.
A turning point came in August when Sam was diagnosed with autism, which helped alleviate school activity & # 39; and has given him more targeted help.
The family then attended a four-wheel drive in sand dunes, organized by Beyond Blue, after which he settled down.
& # 39; Now we are going to drive four-wheel drive and camp a lot like reality and technology and he has regular sessions at Headspace & # 39 ;, said Booth.
Sam & # 39; s family attended a four-wheel drive in sand dunes organized by Beyond Blue, after which he started settling down
& # 39; Sam is doing great now, he still has his ups and downs but most days I have a happy 14 year old boy.
& # 39; He is no longer quiet and withdrawn, he is now quite often bubbles and much more settled in school. & # 39;
Mrs. Booth advised other parents to see their children withdraw and stick to themselves, without showing signs of friends or having inexplicable bruises or scratches.
& # 39; Talk to your children, be a parent, but also be their friend & # 39 ;, she said.
For confidential support, call the Lifeline 24-hour crisis support on 13 11 14
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