Mom Opens Up About the Role Social Media May Have Played In Teen Daughter’s Suicide
One of the common causes of suicide is mental health issues. Country star Namoi Judd took her own life because of her mental health struggles and so did Elvis Presley’s grandson, Benjamin Keough.
Another victim of mental health struggles was Olivia Ann Kunik. She went by the nickname “Liv.” Not many people knew that Liv struggled with mental health issues including anxiety and depression. She seemed like a happy and kind person. She was a happy and kind person. However, her family says that she was not kind to herself.
On January 8, 2019, at the age of 19, Liv committed suicide. Her mother, Honey Beuf, still finds it hard to cope with the loss of her daughter, but instead of staying stuck in her grief, she and her other daughter, Liv’s sister, Tess Kunik, want to share Liv’s story in the hopes of helping prevent others from committing suicide.
Honey and Tess believe that social media is partly to blame for Liv’s death. They say she often compared herself to others based on what she saw on Instagram and Facebook. The negative influence of social media combined with her own internal mental health struggles ended up being too much for her handle.
Watch the video below to hear what Honey and Tess have to say about Liv, her life, her death, and what they are doing in response to her suicide.
As mentioned in the video above, Honey and Tess started The Liv Project as a way of trying to prevent others from committing suicide. On The Liv Project‘s website, they describe Liv as “spirited, stubborn, uproarious, and bursting at the seams with love.” In addition, “Liv’s compassion and kindness for others were two of her finest characteristics, but she found it hard to show that same compassion and kindness to herself.”
What do you think can be done to prevent suicide? Do you agree with Liv’s family that social media contributes to teen suicide?