Mum fights to raise awareness of online bullying after daughter took her own life

A mum from Milford Haven is fighting to raise awareness of online bullying after her 14-year-old daughter, Megan Evans, took her own life.

Nicola Harteveld believes that Megan had been a victim of bullying on Snapchat and Facebook in the weeks leading up to her death.

Her family is now hoping to raise £15,000 in order to raise awareness of the devastating effects of bullying.

I don’t want Megan to become yet another statistic and I don’t want even one more family to feel this dreadful pain or be affected by the devastation that this has caused. I don’t want Megan’s death to be in vain.

Nicola Harteveld

Through Megan's Starr Foundation Nicola hopes to train school pupils across Wales on how to deal with bullies and provide a platform to help young people reach out.

Nicola says that neither her nor the rest of Megan's family knew at the time that something was wrong.

As a result, Nicola also wants to make parents more aware of the signs of mental illness in teenagers, as well as the dangers social media can pose.

Police say, the 'investigation into Megan's death is ongoing.'

I want to train advocates in schools so they can be a point of contact, they can identify the aspects of bullying and kids can approach them in a far more comfortable way than an adult in a shirt and tie.

Nicola Harteveld