“I want to die right now,” a distressed Quaden says in the video, which has been viewed five million times.
“Give me a knife, I’m going to kill myself.”
Yarraka told SBS she had copped backlash for the video, and considered deleting it – but left it up so people could see the effect bullying can have on children.
“If I don’t stand up and speak out for him, who will,” she said.
“Nobody knows the battles we face in private. I usually share all the positive highlights, but this stuff needs to be addressed to save our babies’ lives.”
Quaden is also the face of Stand Tall 4 Dwarfism, which was set up by his mother to help raise awareness for people with his condition and to condemn bullying.
The clip drew attention from people around the world, but as Quaden is both a Murri boy and a sports fan, it particularly resonated with Mitchell and his teammates, who filmed a video together expressing their support.
“Quaden, how are you going cuz, we just want to wish you all the best,” said Mitchell in the clip, which was posted to the NRL’s official facebook page on Thursday.
“We know you’re going through a hard time now, but we’re here, we’ve got your back and we’re here to support you.”
He then extended the invitation to Quaden to lead the All Stars out onto the field at Cbus Super Stadium against their Maori counterparts on Saturday night.
It will be Mitchell’s first game since defecting from the Roosters with whom he won back-to-back premierships, to their arch-rivals the Rabbitohs.
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Matt Bungard is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald.