Mental illness fundraiser held

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An event was held in Youngstown Sunday that aims at raising awareness about suicide and mental illness.

The 3rd Annual Jimmy Lee Project was held at the B&O Station from 1 to 6 p.m. The fundraiser is in honor of Jimmy Lee Gruhlkey, who committed suicide in March 2011 after a long battle with bipolar disorder.

His family is trying to raise money to bring awareness to mental illness and suicide prevention.

The event was held on Jimmy Lee’s birthday. He would have turned 27 on Sunday.

“We try to help those who either can’t help themselves or don’t know where to go find the help. So that they don’t feel helpless and that they don’t get themselves into a scenario where they feel all hope is lost,” said Jimmy Lee’s brother, Karl Cruhlkey.

All proceeds from the event will go the Help Hotline Crisis Center, where people can call to get help, or if they just need someone to talk to.

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