‘Eight suicides in ten weeks’: Mum’s despair for small community’s ‘crisis’ after son dies

A devastated Queensland mother who lost her son to suicide last month says she “isn’t going to stop fighting” as deaths by suicide pile up in her community.

Donna McDowell, 50, says that her son’s suicide isn’t the first in the small community of Hervey Bay in southern Queensland, and it won’t be the last.

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Daniel McDowell, 19, tragically passed away a month ago, on February 25.

“There’s been eight suicides in the last ten weeks in Hervey,” including that of her son, the grieving mother told 7NEWS.com.au.

The suicide victims range from the age of 12 to 35.

Daniel had been struggling with his mental health since high school. Credit: Supplied to 7NEWS.com.au
Donna McDowell is devastated by her son’s loss.

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