A hairdresser's post on Facebook has gone viral after she shared a story about a young client who's battling depression.
"Today I had one of the hardest experiences with my client who I am keeping anonymous..." the post began.
"I had a 16 year girl come in with who has been dealing with severe depression for a few years now."
"She got to the point where she felt so down and so worthless she couldn't even brush her hair."
"When she walked in she told us just cut it all off I can't deal with the pain of combing it out, she called herself worthless for it. It honestly broke my heart and we tried everything we could to keep this child's hair for her!"
"At the end of the day I want this to be a lesson to people. MENTAL HEALTH is a thing, it effects people all around the world and of all ages! PARENTS take it serious don't just push your kids off and tell them to get over something they legitimately can't. A CHILD should NEVER feel so worthless to not even want to brush their hair."
"After being here 8 hours yesterday and 5 hours today we finally made this beautiful girl smile and feel like she IS worth something! Her last words to me was 'I will actually smile for my schools pictures today, you made me feel like me again.'"
The message has been shared thousands of times since, it's clear to see why!