A sad father has revealed the last words his beloved daughter spoke to him before she killed herself on her 18th birthday.
Isabella Emma Pearce died on January 31 this year at Princess Alexandria Hospital after being found by two 10-year-old boys in a park in south Brisbane.
Her death was two days after she rode off on her bike and told her heartbroken father, “I’m never coming home, Dad.”
Isabella Emma Pearce (pictured) died in January this year on her 18th birthday at the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Brisbane, while waiting for an appointment with a psychiatrist
“The hospital wanted to keep her alive so she wouldn’t have to die on her birthday, but there was no point,” said Mr. Pearce, 57. courier post.
He said he got angry thinking about Bella’s unfulfilled potential and wondered if he could have persuaded his daughter to reconsider her actions.
Pearce and his wife Fiona believe that child mental health services in Queensland abandoned their vulnerable daughter when she needed the most support.
Ms Peace said on that fateful day in January that Bella was “inconsolable” after breaking up with her boyfriend and telling her over the phone what she intended to do.
“I told her to insist that she was so loved by all her friends and by us, and that I was on my way to her, but it wasn’t enough,” she said.
She explained that her daughter had been a happy child but began to struggle with her mental health during puberty.
In 2018, she attended the prestigious Catholic school Our Lady’s College in Annerley and was severely bullied while in Year 10 and attempted suicide in August.
Bella’s heartbroken mother explained that her daughter (pictured) had been a happy child but started to struggle with her mental health once puberty hit
Two days before Isabella Pearce (pictured) committed suicide in a park in south Brisbane, she told her heartbroken father: ‘I’m never coming home, Daddy’
The teen transferred to Loreto College in Coorparoo, where she found a better network of friends, but continued to battle her inner demons.
In October 2019, Bella attempted another suicide and was given a seven-day “safety plan” to prevent further attempts.
In her senior year of high school, the teen called her mother from the Coorparoo campus and told her she was suicidal.
Ms Pearce said she had taken her daughter to Queensland Children’s Hospital for treatment by someone from the mental health department.
“I should have made a formal complaint because this person made fun of Bella’s suffering and made her feel worse about herself, if that was possible,” she said.
The heartbroken mother said she thought her daughter would still be alive if she was hospitalized that day.
Bella Pearce was transferred to Loreto College in Coorparoo (pictured) where she found a better network of friends, but continued to fight her inner demons
However, Bella was simply told to go back on the waiting list to see a psychiatrist, a process that could take several months.
Ms Pearce said the “horribly broken” mental health system must have a place for teens in critical situations like Bella’s.
“We need an emergency center dedicated to helping these children because there are so many people who are not resilient,” she said.
More than 500 people attended a memorial service for Bella at her younger brother Josh’s school, St Laurence’s College, on Feb. 17.
In the latest photo the teen posted to her Instagram account, dozens of her friends and loved ones continue to share their grief.
“I’m in the car sobbing because I miss your voice so much,” someone said.
In her senior year of high school, Bella called her mother from the Coorparoo campus (pictured) and told her she was suicidal
‘I miss you tonight. I hope you are well up there, my angel,” wrote a second.
“I love you, I wish you were here for my 18th, not the same without you beautiful,” said a third.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to collect donations for funeral expenses and bills from friend Alicia Stinchcombe.
“Bella was looking forward to her 18th birthday with such excitement,” she wrote.
“She was a wonderful young lady with a smile that could light up a room, a smile that would fill an entire house, and a personality the size of an ocean.”