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Roma business honours Dolly by wearing blue

Hair FX's Ainsley Lambourne, Emma Gelhaar, Fiona Nelms, Rhy McKernan and Tammy Duckworth dress in blue for Dolly.
Hair FX's Ainsley Lambourne, Emma Gelhaar, Fiona Nelms, Rhy McKernan and Tammy Duckworth dress in blue for Dolly. Marguerite Cuddihy

THE effects of Dolly Everett's suicide is being felt all over the country as the nation rallies together to wear blue in her memory.

The heartache has reached every corner of Australia, with Roma's Hair FX employees wearing blue today in honour of Dolly.

"We have teenage daughters around Dolly's age,” Hair FX's Fiona Nelms said.

"And we work with a lot of teenagers and we just want to let them all know it's okay to speak up.”

Ms Nelms said it was important teenagers never felt it was so bad that they couldn't talk about what they were going through.

"Sometimes it can be hard for kids to talk to their parents but we want them to know that when a problem is shared, it lightens the load.

"That's even the case for the adults.

Ms Nelms said ensuring kids have a good support network and addressing bullying at home goes a long way.

"There can always be better strategies to deal with bullying, and help them deal with their own issues as well,” Ms Nelms said.

Rhy McKernan said it was important teenagers never felt alone.

"There are always people you can talk to,” she said.

"It's a tough age, so it's important to be surrounded by a good support network.”

The 14-year-old from the Northern Territory took her own life on January 3, with her death garnering worldwide attention as a social media campaign to raise awareness about bullying and youth suicide was launched in her name.

Family and friends donned blue, Dolly's favourite colour, to farewell the teenager at a memorial service in the Northern Territory today.

Readers seeking support and information can contact Lifeline on 131114 or Kids Helpline on 1800551800.

Kids Helpline is Australia's only free, private and confidential 24/7 phone and online counselling service for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years.

Topics:  bullying doitfordolly #doitfordolly dolly everett mental health suicide


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