Mother of suicide victim donates to Help Hotline

A mother of a Youngstown State University student who committed suicide said she hopes her family’s story will help others.

Pamela Rocco on Monday presented the Help Hotline with a $4,000 check. Rocco’s son Jimmy Lee Gruhlkey committed suicide in 2011 when he was 24 years old.

Since then, the Jimmy Lee Project has been raising awareness about mental health and suicide.

Rocco said it’s taboo for some when it comes to talking about mental illness.

“Mental illness, I believe, affects everybody in some way, whether it’s themselves or a family member,” Rocco said. “It could be depression, mild depression, and if they could reach out and know it’s okay to talk to someone.”


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