Since threatening to end her life, a beautiful teenage girl who feared to be infected with COVID-19 has passed away.
Funny and sweet ' Emily Owen, who had high-functioning autism and ' a constant struggle to fit in and adhere to social norms, passed away following a suicide attempt, '
The 19-year-old's family said the young waitress had been unable to manage with her world shutting down plans being affected and being stuck inside homes.
Emily’s devastated family has called for more awareness and support for individuals struggling with mental illness during the pandemic.
Funny and sweet ' Emily Owen from Kings Lynn, Norfolk had, who feared being infected with COVID-19 has passed away
Emily, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk had, on the other hand, earlier warned her loved ones that more people will die from suicide than by the virus itself.
Her family revealed the teenage waitress was much concerned about COVID-19 as well as the mental health impacts of self-isolation.
Emily, who had been planning to support those struggling with the pandemic, died in the hospital on Sunday after being found seriously ill on Wednesday 18 March. Her family believes that ‘the fear of the unknown might have driven her over the edge.’
In a tribute posted online, her sister Annabel Owen, 21, said: 'Emily was very worried about COVID-19 itself but more worried about mental healing.’
Emily, who’s described as ' talented and a little nuts ' by her family, had signed up to be an organ donor at age 12. Hence, the life-giving gift will support three children.
'We are all completely saddened but still incredibly proud of all that she has done in her life. So many people have been telling us how Emily supported them through their own hard times and we had no idea what a positive influence she had on those around her.’ Annabel added in her Facebook Tribute.
She continued: ‘Few people are aware of it because she was diagnosed with high-functioning autism four years ago and had a constant struggle to fit in and adhere to social norms. She didn't want us to know, but we want to let people know that autism comes in all shapes and sizes now that she has gone.’
However, an online fundraising account with £2,400 has been raised in Emily’s memory.