Emily Owen, a teen from King’s Lynn, Norfolk in the United Kingdom passed away after a March 18 suicide attempt. Owen’s family has reported the 19-year-old was dealing with anxiety over the possibility of being isolated due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home orders. They are quoted as saying the young waitress had been unable to cope “with her world closing in, plans being cancelled and being stuck inside.”
She had warned loved ones that something could happen…
As someone who dealt with high-functioning autism, Owen was “concerned about Coronavirus and mental health impacts of isolation,” the Daily Mail reported. Supposedly, Owen had planned on volunteering to help people struggling over self-isolation issues.
The Daily Mail article stated Owen “had warned loved ones days before the tragedy: ‘More people will die from suicide during this than the virus itself’.”
On a Just Giving page set to raise funds for Norfolk and Waveney Mind, an organization that seeks to help people living with mental illness, friends left condolences. “Emily would have wanted you to check on your loved ones in these very difficult times,” read a message from King’s Arms Shouldham, the pub where Owen worked. “She believed the fear of the unknown may drive them over the edge and was planning on volunteering to help these people. When the time comes, and you can do volunteering, please do so with Emily in your mind and heart.”
Read her sister’s final message…
Owen was placed in critical care at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) after the initial suicide attempt; no media outlets are reporting how she attempted to take her life. She was then taken off life-support on March 22. An organ donor since the age of 12, The Daily Mail reports, “Three children will benefit from her gift of life.”
The Eastern Daily Press wrote Owen’s sister Annabel posted the following Facebook tribute:
“We are all absolutely devastated but also immensely proud of everything she achieved in her life. So many people have messaged us saying how Emily helped them through hard times of their own, and we had no idea how much positive impact she had on those around her.
“To many people, Emily was a really fun, energetic, happy girl, but only a few were aware of the many years of internal battles she had. Few people are aware but four years ago she was diagnosed with high-functioning autism and had a daily battle to fit in and conform to social norms.
“She didn’t want anyone to know, but now she has gone we want to make people know that autism comes in all shapes and sizes.”