ezs note: Crap... on the one hand, I feel so badly for Ashley's friends and family. On the other hand, if I had gotten to her in time, I would have said there's hope. There's always hope.
I can't do anything for Ashley now, but I can do something for you. If you live in New Zealand, there's a whole host of people you can call. They are listed at the end of the article. If you live in the United States, you can call Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386. If you live in another country, type in "suicide hotline". Look first for a government agency - this way, you won't be duped by a "conversion therapy" line. (Yeah, these are quacks.)
If you feel despair, get help!!!