“Finding Hope Within Tragedy” – This project aims to bring Elle Holmes important message to the world through her music.
In May, 2014 a beautiful, talented 15 year old girl passed tragically and unexpectedly away. Just a few hours earlier the girl had been singing, laughing and catching grapes in her mouth with her family. A picture perfect scene – no one could have predicted the events that would unfold that evening, for behind the smiles and the songs, the girl had been haunted by a terrible and deadly secret. Unbeknownst to those closest to her, in the few short weeks before her death the girl had been fighting a silent and lonely battle, it was a battle that ultimately she would lose.
Yet, like millions of other youths, this girl did not always see what others saw in her. To her, the Mirror was cruel. Tormented by pressures to be thinner and prettier and to fit in with friends the Mirror had become her enemy – an inner voice that wore relentlessly at her identity and self esteem until soon she had neither.
From the outside the girl appeared to have it all – a close and loving family with whom she had travelled the world. She was also an exceptional musical talent who dreamed of Broadway and one day becoming a musical star. Captain of the sports team, the girl was popular and funny and had everything to live for… a true beauty both inside and out.
The girl’s brief battle led first to bulimia, then engagement with ‘pro-ana’ websites. Soon she was secretly self-harming to ease the pain, hiding her injuries from her family beneath wide grins and brightly colored bangles. There was no long spiral into depression, her battle was swift and deadly. For 15 years the girl had shone a light on the lives of so many. In a brief, impulsive moment of hopelessness she made a tragic decision. In May 2014 that light was prematurely snuffed out.
Her name was Elle Holmes.
Despite her youth, Elle showed remarkable insight into her own struggles and those fought by her friends around her. Just days before her death, Elle wrote, performed and recorded a song, ‘Mirror, Mirror’, which tells of redemption, and a victory over those demons. The lyrics weave a true story of hope – we want Elle’s message to reach every young person that silently fight the same demons she did.
Already ‘Mirror Mirror’ has touched the hearts of thousands of people – current YouTube views sit at over 80k and Elle’s story has been picked up by media across Europe and the USA. More importantly Elle’s message has already begun to affect the vulnerable youth we aim to support.
An example is this email we recently received to our website from a young girl:
“I just wanted to tell you, that after the first time I sent you an e-mail, about a month ago I think, I stopped self harming, bulimia and things like that. Elle has done more for me than you can ever imagine Thank you so much for your support and everything!! Elle is an angel. Keep doing what you do, it helped me, and I am sure it will help other people too :) God bless you!” from “A”
Like many families struggling to make sense from tragedy, Elle’s family wish to find hope and meaning in her passing. They hope that by sharing her story and her message they may save other vulnerable youth from the same fate.