A “beautiful” teenager who feared being isolated with coronavirus tragically died after attempting to take her life.
Tributes were today paid to “funny and charming” Emily Owen, 19, who died in hospital after a suicide attempt.
The young waitress was said to have been unable to cope “with her world closing in, plans being cancelled and being stuck inside”.
Her devastated family demanded more awareness and support for people struggling with mental health issues during the deadly virus pandemic.
Emily, from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, had warned loved ones days before the tragedy: “More people will die from suicide during this than the virus itself”.
Her family said the youngster was concerned about coronavirus and the “mental health impacts of isolation”.
Caring Emily died in hospital on Sunday after being found critically ill on Wednesday, March 18.
Her family suspect the “fear of the unknown” may have driven her over the edge.
She had been planning on volunteering to help others struggling to cope.
Sister Annabel Owen, 21, said in a tribute, posted online: “Emily was very concerned about coronavirus itself but more concerned about the mental health impact of isolation and the fear of the unknown.”
Emily, who was described by her family as ‘talented and a little bit crazy’, signed up to be an organ donor aged 12. Three children will benefit from her gift of life.
Annabel added in the Facebook tribute: “We are all absolutely devastated but also immensely proud of everything she achieved in her life.