PHOEBE*, 17, WENT TO A PARTY WITH HER SQUAD ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. AFTER A RECKLESS DECISION TO TAKE DRUGS, ONE OF THEM NEVER MADE IT HOME.
“Madison* loved partying. She was always the first on the dance floor and the last to leave. I always envied that about her ’cos I’ve always been the quieter one in our group. One night at a party, she dragged us all into a room and offered us some pills. I was completely shocked – I had no idea she was even into that stuff! I said no and I felt sick about the whole thing. A few of my friends said yes, which was really, really disappointing. Everyone went wild that night. At one point we looked around and Madison was gone. We had no idea what had happened to her, we just assumed her mum picked her up. Days passed and I hadn’t spoken to her – I was so mad about the drugs that I kinda wanted to keep my distance TBH. Then I got a call from my bestie, telling me that after Madison left that night she jumped off a roof and died. I can’t even explain how I felt. You hear about stuff like that all the time, but you don’t realise how tragic it can be until it happens to someone close to you. Madison didn’t just ruin her own life, she ruined all of ours and her family’s lives too. Going to her funeral and seeing how devastated her family and friends were was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, especially knowing that I was there with her when she took the drugs. I still look at our selfies from that night and her smile haunts me. One minute she was there with us, then after taking drugs just to have a good night, she was gone.”