A long-time friend of Amy "Dolly" Everett, who took her own life after months of bullying, is urging anyone who may be struggling to reach out and seek help.
The death of the 14-year-old, who was the face of Akubra hats, has drawn attention to cyber-bullying, with many mourners urging that more support is needed.
"I just think that it's important now that they speak up, speak up even if your voice shakes, as Dolly would say," Taniesha Southeron told TODAY this morning.


"Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to.
"Before Dolly died, she completed a drawing and wrote the words, 'stand up, speak even if your voice shakes'. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to.


Dolly’s parents have taken the extraordinary step of asking their daughter’s bullies to attend the funeral service today.
"If by some chance the people who thought this was a joke and made themselves feel superior by the constant bullying and harassment see this post, please come to our service and witness the complete devastation you have created," her father Tick wrote on Facebook.


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