Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Know Caitlain Didn't Mean to Kill Herself - Now I Want to Help Other Teenagers at Their Hour of Greatest Need; Mum Sets Up Charity in Hope of Preventing More Future Tragedies

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I Know Caitlain Didn't Mean to Kill Herself - Now I Want to Help Other Teenagers at Their Hour of Greatest Need; Mum Sets Up Charity in Hope of Preventing More Future Tragedies

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Byline: SOPHIE DOUGHTY Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

FULL of love, laughter and energy, popular Caitlain Wright seemed to have everything to live for.

But the 17-year-old's life was cut cruelly short when what appears to have been an impulsive 'cry for help' ended in tragedy.

Caitlain is believed to have died after taking a fatal dose of medication while at her boyfriend's house just over two weeks ago.

After taking pills, the teen called an ambulance herself and was conscious and talking when she arrived at hospital.

But tragically the damage had already been done to Caitlain's young body, and there was nothing medics could do to save her.

Heartbroken mum Pauline does not believe her daughter intended to take her own life, and instead made the split second decision to swallow the pills as a cry for help in a moment of darkness.

And today as the mother-of-two struggles to come to terms with the loss of her girl, she has vowed to devote the rest of her life to making sure others learn from Caitlain's death.

Pauline, 44, said: "She didn't mean to do it, it was a cry for help. She was just so full of life and full of energy.

"So many young people do it, but Caitlain was the unlucky one. Teenagers are impulsive and a lot of them don't think about the consequences.

"It's just so hard thinking another teenager is going to do it tonight or tomorrow. I know Caitlain's legacy has to be to help other young people.

"I have lost a best friend as well as a daughter, but I feel like I have got something to do now, and without this and my family it wouldn't be worth going on."

Caitlain spent her early childhood in Wallsend, before moving to Whitley Bay.

She was a pupil at Star of the Sea RC Primary School, before moving on to St Thomas More RC Academy.

Pauline said her daughter struggled to settle at the high school, in North Shields, and had difficulty concentrating.

But her school life changed for the better when she transferred to Monkseaton High School.

"Monkseaton High School was fantastic," said Pauline. "For years and years we thought she had ADHD. But when I took her to the doctors she said she was fine, she didn't want to be labelled. But when I told Monkseaton High School this, somebody listened to me, they were fantastic."

The caring teen established herself as a trusted confidante and shoulder to cry on among her circle of pals and was always there when others needed her, Pauline explained.

"She always looked out for others.

From being little she didn't like anybody to be left out. She always looked out for others. If anyone was getting bullied, Caitlain was there straight away," said the mum. "When her friend got pregnant very young it was Caitlain she came to. …

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