Posted by yourtown
on 28 February 2019
"Instead of my feelings coming in my body and hurting, I can draw and I'm calm and happy."
Warning: This article discusses mental health, suicide and young people.
Seven-year-old Jack had been having a lot of trouble with anxiety.
Kids at school were bullying him badly, and it had been going on for a while. Jack was young and confused, and so upset by the bullying that he could only see one way out.
One day he left his school teacher a very serious note. Among other things, it said, "God, please take me."
And later that night, he got a texta and wrote across his bedroom floor and pillow, "I don't want to be alive".
Jack is now nine years old and doing much better than before.
His family were able to get him the therapy he needed to deal with the anxiety. They were also able to help eliminate the bullying.
Jack had always loved drawing, so expressing himself through art was a great way to process his feelings.
"It helps me to be calm," he says.
Jack decided to help other kids like him. So, along with his mum, he started Jack Wilkinson Kids, a project that uses Jack's drawings to raise funds and awareness for Kids Helpline, Australia's only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for young people aged 5-25.