Flushing students helping to raise awareness of suicide

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FLUSHING (WJRT) (07/16/18) -- Sticking together to make a difference. A group of Flushing High School students are helping to bring about awareness of suicide, both in their school and community.

Each of the students have been impacted by suicide in some way.

"I had a really rough freshmen year and everything was hitting me all at once and I just didn't see a reason to continue living," said Sophomore Aryanna Mersino.

Mersino is just one of the many hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. each year who have attempted suicide.

Her friends have also been impacted; some have attempted suicide themselves while others have lost a friend or loved one to suicide.

So the group of girls decided to stop harboring their dark thoughts and do something about it.

"If somebody's having a rough day and feeling like alone or depressed, or they're having suicidal thoughts, we're all there for each other, and when we go out into the public, we help them with those thoughts too," Mersino said.

The group of girls tried to start the suicide awareness group inside Flushing High School, but was denied.

She just wants to make sure people know there's help out there, whether its through them, therapy, medications, or other resources.

"I think that most people are afraid to talk about it and they're afraid to say they're feeling suicidal because some people make fun of it, oh you're just attention seeking and it's not true," she said.

Aryanna's passion to not only help herself, but others is already going a long way. On Sunday, her group hosted a bake sale at Bueche's for suicide awareness, raising over $450 in 7 hours.

But money aside, Aryanna just wants people to know they're not alone, no matter how isolated they may feel.

"Just reach out to that one person, that one person can save your life," she said.

The girls plan on donating the raised money raised to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

They also do have a Facebook page which is called 'You're never alone.'

Their hashtag is #breakthesilence.

They do plan on doing more community wide fundraising and awareness events in the near future.

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