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Liv’s Story

Tuesday 3rd April 2012 was a night overcome with grief. Warren and Kellie Penpraze made the impossible decision to turn off their daughters life support after her attempted suicide the previous Thursday which resulted in their daughter being declared brain dead.

While being an inpatient at a Melbourne Psychiatric Clinic Olivia managed to hang herself while under the supervised care and watch of trained nurses and psychiatrists.

Olivia, their nineteen year old daughter had suffered from Psychotic Depression, Anxiety (generalised, social and mild separation), Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociation Identity Disorder, EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified) and Body Dysmorphic Disorder for many years, which led to countless suicide attempts and many, many self-inflicted injuries.

Olivia became severely depressed in 2007, and began to self-harm during her Year 10 studies in the year of 2008, where she also attempted suicide for the first time. She also stopped eating, and was diagnosed with anorexia, weighing only 39kgs. Olivia spent those years believing that no one cared for her, that no one loved her enough to notice. She believed that she did not ‘deserve to live’ that she would never be anything special or beautiful. Little did she know that everyone around her loved her and was worried sick about her. She couldn’t understand, couldn’t accept compliments.

R.I.P. Olivia Penpraze (2/2/1993 - 3/4/2012)

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