Depression is sometimes joked about on the internet with meme pages and the like, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that it’s no laughing matter and it can actually lead to serious problems, including self-harm and even suicide.
In a slightly better case scenario, depression gets to the point where you just can’t be made to do regular everyday tasks, like brushing your hair, such as the case was with this 16-year-old girl that came into hairdresser Kayley Olsson’s workplace.
After a long time of not brushing her hair, she was ultimately left looking like this:
Kayley shared the unnamed girl’s story on her Facebook, stating that the girl confessed she would only get out of bed to go to the bathroom because that’s how severe her depression got.
The teen mustered up the courage to walk into the hair salon in an attempt to combat her depression.
She was planning to return to school and wanted to get her pictures taken.
Olsson was simply instructed to chop all the hair off as the teen didn’t even know where to begin with it.
This is what Olsson wrote on her Facebook:
“Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous, I had a 16 year girl come in with who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now. She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn’t even brush her hair, she told me she only got up to use the restroom. She starts back at school in a few weeks but she has her school pictures today. When she walked in she told us just cut it all off I can’t deal with the pain of combing it out, she called herself worthless for it. It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child’s hair for her! At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it effects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it serious don’t just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can’t. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair.After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! Her last words to me was”I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again” ❤️❤️”
And, as ever, the comments on the post were highly positive.
Olsson said that when the young girl saw her hair when it was done, she was overcome with emotion.
“I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again.”