Chantelle Garside: Facebook memorial page for bullied girl, 16

Emma Reynolds

10:27 EST, 11 April 2012


15:05 EST, 11 April 2012

Tragedy: Chantelle Garside's unconscious body was discovered by her devastated mother

Tragedy: Chantelle Garside’s unconscious body was discovered by her devastated mother

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a bullied teenager who believed she ‘wasn’t good enough to be in this world’.

Chantelle Garside, 16, was discovered unconscious in her bedroom at the house in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, by her devastated mother Jane Hector, 44.

She was being treated for depression after being bullied and had been skipping school in the months before her death because she ‘just couldn’t face it’.

The schoolgirl felt that ‘no one cared’, yet more than 1,150 people have joined a Facebook group dedicated to Chantelle since her death and friends have launched a second page called The Chantelle Garside Bullying Campaign.

Ms Hector paid tribute to her daughter yesterday and called for more support for teenagers battling depression.

She said: ‘It’s not sunk in. It might be quite a few months until it does. It’s happening but it’s not happening.

‘This has left a massive gap in our lives, the house is just so quiet. There’s nothing that people can say, no words can convey our grief.

‘She was being bullied earlier on in her life but in the past few months she didn’t go to school – she just couldn’t face it because of the depression.

‘Bullying wasn’t the full reason, just part of it. She had been suffering from depression for about a year and just didn’t seem to be getting any better. 

‘She didn’t feel loved, she didn’t feel that anybody cared. She thought she wasn’t good enough to be in this world. 

‘She was being treated by the teenage mental health team, but they weren’t able to save her.’

Chantelle was a pupil at Hinchingbrooke School and had been receiving treatment at the Newton Centre in Huntingdon.

Her mother found her unconscious in her bedroom on April 3 and she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who were unable to revive her.

Vain efforts: Chantelle was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who were unable to revive her

Vain efforts: Chantelle was found unconscious and pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics who were unable to revive her

Many left tributes to the ‘funny and happy’ year 11 student and expressed their shock and grief at her death.

Di Beddow, acting head at Hinchingbrooke School, said the school has arranged counselling for pupils when they go back after the Easter break.

She said: ‘We will discuss an appropriate tribute to her together. Our thoughts are with Chantelle’s family and close friends at this sad time.’

Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed they were called to an address in Huntingdon by the ambulance service at 10.18pm on April 3.

A police spokesman said: ‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been passed to the coroner.’

Ms Hector added: ‘She was funny and happy on her good days. She was always messing about. She had such a big heart.

‘If her friends needed her help, she would always be there for them. I wish she could have known how many people cared and seen it.

‘It’s what depression does to you. It doesn’t matter what people say: it’s what you feel inside. 

‘We need to do more for teenagers who are suffering with depression.’

An inquest was opened and adjourned on April 4 by Cambridgeshire coroner David Morris and a post mortem found the cause of death was hanging.

A date is yet to be fixed for the resumed hearing.

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So sad, I hate reading articles like this, there seems to be far too many like it. RIP beautiful girl, I hope you’ve found the peace you were craving.

Yet another tragedy. School authorities in the UK, Canada, USA, etc. tolerate bullying nowadays. It can go on for months in school. Maybe children nowadays need to physically fight back when the bullying first begins, like they did decades ago? That seems to be the most effective.

Very sad.
Maybe instead of giving money to India we could give a little to The Samaritans,they may not have been able to help her either but they help many to get past these feelings.
I can guarantee of one they helped stay alive.

very sad RIP

No one should be made to feel they are no good for this world. Poor girl. Depression is a horrible thing. RIP x

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