Grieving mum Clair Reynolds fought back the tears sat next to the portrait of her daughter at the teenager’s inquest in County Durham.
Chloe Davison was found dead at her family home in Lanchester on December 20 aged just 19.
And Clair told ChronicleLive that more needs to be done to help youngsters using social media after her ‘bubbly’ and ‘beautiful’ daughter took her own life Just five days before Christmas.
Clair, 44, said Chloe struggled with social anxiety and more needed to be done to encourage people to talk about their problems, while she also felt younger people needed a better education when it comes to social media.
She told ChronicleLive at the time: “Other people did not see what we saw. Chloe was the joker, bubbly and hilarious. She was the life and soul of the party.
“Chloe was beautiful, but she didn’t see that. She cared so much about how people saw her. She would post a picture on social media and want all her family to like it. If it wasn’t good enough she’d remove it.
“I blame social media a lot for what has happened.
"The impact it has, especially on younger people, can be devastating. Social media took over Chloe’s life – whether that be Snapchat or Facebook.
“She struggled socially from being at school so she didn’t work. Social media was her way of getting through the day. She didn’t go out a lot.
“Younger people need more help and education on social media. There are too many people out there who can say what they like because it’s not face-to-face.”
Chloe’s inquest was held at Crook Coroner’s Court held by senior assistant coroner Crispin Oliver. He recorded a verdict of suicide caused by pressure on the neck due to hanging.
The inquest was told how Chloe suffered from mental health issues.
She had been referred to mental health teams and was diagnosed with emotional and personality disorder and was on medication. She had attempted suicide previously and was prone to binge drinking.
Chloe suffered low moods and would get violently angry on occasions.
It was said she would withdraw for a few days at a time and had a “rollercoaster of relationships and inability to trust people”.
Mr Oliver noted in November it was unclear if she was discharged from Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust and it was also unclear if she should take her medication.
Days before her death she was referred to the Talking Changes team but was discharged back to her GP when they could not contact her.
In a statement Chloe’s mum Clair paid tribute to her “beautiful daughter”.
And hoped lessons can be learnt from Chloe’s death to “prevent others experiencing the pain we feel.”
She said: "Chloe was and will always remain my beautiful witty, loving , youngest Daughter and is deeply missed every day. She was and is a Sister to Jade, and Brother to Jordon.
"She had an amazing sense of humour, a practical joker who like to play her pranks when you least expected which would leave you and Chloe in floods of laughter.
"She was passionate about animals and loved deeply her Spaniel , Lucy, a special bond of trust and love – which was given unconditional on both sides.
"Shortly before Chole’s untimely death, she became an auntie to her niece, Alexis.
"Chloe was so much looking forward to this, and welcomed her arrival with love and affection. Chloe could be child -like, at and naive at times and struggled with relationships, however ultimately if you gained her trust, you would consider that you would have a companion for life.
"Trust was one of the most important values to Chloe. Her short life, impacted on so many lives, in her life and in her death also.
"We live and remain with unanswered questions for the rest of our lives, searching for answers we will never have; but ultimately as a family we would ask that any aspects of learning be implemented to prevent others experiencing the pain we feel.
”Please know Chloe, was loved."
Clair added that she would like to acknowledge and thank the If U Care Share Foundation who have been supporting her since the day after losing Chloe.
She said: “Without the help and support, I do not know how we would have managed."
For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK free on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch
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