Mum shares selfie of herself and her kids taken just days before she tried to take her own life 

A mother-of-two has shared a seemingly-happy family photo taken just days before she attempted suicide, in a brave effort to raise mental health awareness.

Caitlin Fladager, from Vancouver, Canada, on November 2 posted a selfie of herself posing straight-faced alongside her smiling children Ariana and Jack.

And while many saw it as nothing but a fun family snap, the 23-year-old revealed the heartbreaking reality behind the photo in a raw post. 

‘This picture of me with my children was taken days before I tried to take my own life,’ she wrote.

‘I’m so glad I failed. Your kids would never be better off without you.’

'You can see the demons I was fighting': Caitlin Fladager posted this photo on November 2 showcasing her daughter Ariana and son Jack's pearly white smiles

‘You can see the demons I was fighting’: Caitlin Fladager posted this photo on November 2 showcasing her daughter Ariana and son Jack’s pearly white smiles

Caitlin, who uses her social platforms to raise awareness about mental health issues, has battled with depression and anxiety since she was seven.

‘⁣⁣⁣You can see the demons I was fighting in this picture. You can see it under the layers of makeup. ⁣⁣⁣⁣ 

But in January, things took a turn for the worse when the ‘darkest corners of her mind’ began to take over.  

‘⁣⁣I was not the best mother because of this. I was sleeping all day, letting the TV babysit my children and snapping at them way too easily,’ she said. 

‘I was morphing into a person I didn’t even recognise.’

Caitlin (pictured) who uses her social platforms to raise awareness about mental health issues, has battled with depression and anxiety since she was seven

Caitlin (pictured) who uses her social platforms to raise awareness about mental health issues, has battled with depression and anxiety since she was seven

She explained that one afternoon her daughter came into her bedroom while she was napping with 'knotted hair and medication bottles all around' and asked why she slept so much (pictured with her husband Noah)

She explained that one afternoon her daughter came into her bedroom while she was napping with ‘knotted hair and medication bottles all around’ and asked why she slept so much (pictured with her husband Noah)

She explained that one afternoon her daughter came into her bedroom while she was napping with ‘knotted hair and medication bottles all around’ and asked why she slept so much. 

‘All I could hear in my head was a voice telling me I was a burden to my kids. That I was a burden to everyone and life would simply be easier for them without me in it,’ she said.

So she decided to take a mixture of prescribed pills, all the while hoping the pain she was feeling in her body would stop.

Right before she did the unthinkable, Caitlin’s mother burst into the room, took in the scene before her, and decided her daughter needed help. 

‘We sat there hugging each other for awhile that day. I was reminded that I needed my mother just like my kids would need me,’ she said.

Caitlin told her fans that no child is better off without their mother or father and that those in a similar position to her should reach out

Caitlin told her fans that no child is better off without their mother or father and that those in a similar position to her should reach out

‘⁣⁣⁣⁣You can see the demons I was fighting in this picture. You can see it under the layers of makeup. You can see it in my hollow eyes. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

‘Almost one year later, I’m here. With my kids. Still fighting those voices in my head. Just not alone. I had to accept the help.’

Caitlin told her fans that no child is better off without their mother or father and that those in a similar position to her should reach out.  

Hundreds have commented on the post, praising the mother and relating to her story with tales of their own.  

‘We are supposed to always put the children ahead of our needs, but if we don’t meet our own needs especially when it comes to depression and anxiety, we suffer so much,’ one woman said.  

Caitlin initially rose to prominence online when she got pregnant at 18 and married her childhood sweetheart Noah

Caitlin initially rose to prominence online when she got pregnant at 18 and married her childhood sweetheart Noah

‘You are very brave to share this and the struggles that you went through,’ said another.

A third added: ‘Being a mother has been the hardest and best thing that has ever happened to me.’

Caitlin initially rose to prominence online when she got pregnant at 18 and married her childhood sweetheart Noah.

The pair seemingly had a picture perfect life but felt as though they needed to share more about their regular, day-to-day struggles.

Now the mother-of-two has more than 750,000 followers across all of her social platforms. 

Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services. You can reach them on 13 11 14.