My Daughter Is Very Depressed – Help?
(Oshawa, Ont, Canada)
Hi, my daughter is 10 years old and in grade 5. She has been bullied at school for the past 2 1/2 years. My daughter did not sleep at night. She wanted to sleep with me all the time. When she was in her own bed she never slept at all. One day I was making her bed and I found big clumps of hair under her pillow. She had been pulling her own hair out because she was so hurt :'( She never wanted to go to school and cried all the time, never smiled and started being mean to everybody at home. She was depressed.
I went into the school and had it fixed. The school vice principal started a program for the girls for bullying which helped out alot. The bullying stopped and my daughter actually enjoyed going to school again and was smiling. Within the last month I've noticed the same symptoms again.
She is depressed, doesn't want me to go to work, does not smile, wants to sleep all the time doesn't want to get up for school and if I don't make her something to eat she will not eat :( She said that she is by herself at recess and sometimes tells me that she wants to die and she hates her life :'(
They did not bring the program back this year so the girls are back at it again and now started doing it over the computer. I'm so upset and my heart is broken. She can't even enjoy being a kid. The last 2 1/2 years have been hell for her. I feel like I'm constantly at the school and know the kids that are bullying her are telling their parents my daughter is doing things to them so she gets in trouble.
I have 4 kids at the same school. My oldest son is leaving this year for grade 9 so he won't be there for her. The younger 2 don't seem to have any problems yet with bullying. I told her I would take her out and put her in a different school if that's what she wants. I would like for her to be at the same school as her brother and sister but can't watch her suffer anymore. Please help I don't know what to do :'(