Just a couple of weeks ago, Terri Germinaro received the news that her daughter, Alyssa Riordan committed suicide.
“If I can say anything, out of Alyssa’s death… people have started to have a voice about what’s going on in school,” said Germinaro. Germinaro says bullying at school is what drove Alyssa to take her own life. Now, Germinaro is on a mission to raise awareness about bullying in local schools. “Don’t say nothing at all, don’t let it eat you away, don’t think it’s something you did,” said Germinaro. The community came together Tuesday evening for a benefit to help Alyssa’s family with funeral costs and other expenses.
There were groups at Alyssa’s benefit that offered assistance and information for those seeking help. “This has been a very tragic event, but I have seen some beautiful things come from it,” said Jason Nesbitt. Nesbitt is from the Crawford County Suicide Task Force. He was at the benefit offering info on where people can receive help if they’re having suicidal thoughts. “There are a lot of people out there that are willing to to listen, to be there for you, when you feel like there’s nobody there, there is,” said Nesbitt. Meanwhile, Germinaro is looking more into how local schools can control bullying and offer more support to students. “Once everything settles, I’m going to go to them and talk and see what we can do to try to create purpose for the kids,” said Germinaro. Germinaro says she wants some of the money from Tuesday night’s benefit to go towards a scholarship fund in Alyssa’s name. If you or someone you know needs help when it comes to suicidal thoughts, you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800- 273-8255, it’s open 24/7.