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“God, please take me,” a seven-year-old penned in his neatest handwriting before handing it to his Year 2 teacher. 

Jack Wilkinson could no longer cope with the relentless bullying and physical attacks that he resorted to writing a suicide note. 

The seven-year-old, who has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, had been receiving an onslaught of cruel taunts since he started school, but it wasn’t until things started to get physically violent in Year 2 that Jack felt helpless. 

“There’s always been kids who had decided Jack was an easy target because of his reaction,” his mother Kristy Sturgess told Daily Mail Australia.


“They would say things, call him names, tell him he was crazy.”

One day at school, Jack was “punched in the head” until the bullying culminated into a full-on attack. 

“Jack was physically hit and kicked in the playground for nearly 10 minutes, and was stabbed with a plastic fork in the back,’ Ms Sturgess told the publication.

“I remember getting to pick Jack up [that day], and he was limping and holding his shoulder, in tears,” she continued. “He had bruises on his legs, and a fork mark in his shoulder. I just broke down in tears. That was the final straw for Jack after going through such a hard few years.”

At this stage, Jack saw no hope for his future. 

“He was seven, and he was just done.”


Ms Sturgess knew things were getting worse when she discovered one of his pillows with “I don’t want to be alive” written in texta. 

A few weeks later, he left a note for his teacher reading: “God, just take me”. 

Over the next few months, Sturgess searched endlessly for external support services for her son. But, it wasn’t until they discovered art therapy that things started to look positive for the young boy. The avid-drawer found art helped him cope when he felt overwhelmed, anxious or upset. 

Jack’s mother, who owns a clothing manufacturing business, asked whether Jack wanted to turn some of his favourite artworks into t-shirts, and sell them online to help raise money for Kid’s Helpline.

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The helpline assists those aged 5 to 25 with counselling over the phone or online, 24 hours a day. 

“You don’t expect [what happened to Jack] to happen, but these things are happening, and a lot of the targets are kids suffering from these disorders [like anxiety],” Ms Sturgess said.

“What Kid’s Helpline offer, the support they offer, there are some kids who don’t have that.”

Jack – who is now nine – has been able to deal with his ordeal by knowing there’s someone to speak to, which has in turn, helped him manage his anxiety.  


“Now, I feel pretty good,” Jack admits. “But other people are going through the same things as I did and having a hard time. It would be nice for them to be able to talk to Kids Helpline.”

To purchase one of Jack’s t-shirts, head to his website.

If you are aged 5 to 25, or a parent or carer, and need confidential 24-hour support, contact Kid’s Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

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