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Teen's Campaign Against Suicide Goes Viral

Brooke DiPalma is spreading hope to those suffering from depression.

Brooke DiPalma has a simple message for everyone dealing with depression: You're not alone. 

The 15-year-old West Islip High School sophomore has recently started a campaign that has already gone viral.  "P.S. I Love You" isn't just the name of a 2007 film, they're the words Brooke emphasizes for others to use to help fight against suicide.   

In April of 2010, Brooke lost her father Joseph, then the WI Chamber of Commerce president, to suicide.  Now she's extending a hand to those suffering from the same sickness. 

"The very last words I said to my dad were I love you," DiPalma told News 4 New York.  "Those simple words can just be so powerful to a person and change their life."

She recently posted a Youtube video that has already reached over 12,000 views, and started a Facebook page dedicated to her cause that has 475 fans.  

On Wednesday, NBC featured her on a news segment and people are starting to catch on.  She's rallying up teachers and students throughout New York to wear something purple on February 10th, to support everyone battling self-inflicting thoughts.  .  

"I just saw you on T.V. and I watched your video," Alexa Raia wrote on the Facebook wall.  "Did you see how many views you have ? You are such an inspiration! I am so excited for P.S. I love you Day! Your video was amazing! Oh and P.S. I love you!" 

 

Annmarie LaRosa January 12, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Dear Brooke, I am so incredibly proud of you. Your father was a very special guy, and our community still feels the loss of his leadership and tremendous west islip spirit. I can only imagine your sense of loss is a hundred times worse. This day you have created not only in his memory, but with the real hope of effecting someone else's life is a testament to your outstanding character that both your mom and dad helped create. I hope you keep smiling that beautiful smile, and continue to honor your father through your sense of civic responsibility and love for your neighbor, which is what Joe always did. I will proudly be wearing purple on P.S. I Love You Day!
dorothy January 13, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Your strength is inspiring to all. My family will all be wearing purple on February 10th.
wiseol'owl January 13, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Hope this day just grows. It is a wonderful idea!! Locally, nationally all should participate. Keep spreading those beautiful words Brooke and Thank you!!
Judy Cangemi January 13, 2012 at 01:13 PM
This is a great thing you are doing. I've battled depression my whole life and was suicidally depressed at times. The impact of someone saying they love you or encouraging you to hang on when you are in the depths of the disease is more profound than I can adequetely express. Life is not perfect...but it is worth it to get through the sadness to get to the happy. I'll be wearing purple on February 10th and I'm going to spread the word to other to do the same.
Chris Hillier January 13, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Brooke you are doing such a great thing for all.This will and has helped so many people already. I only knew your father for a short time but he was always willing to help me in all my fundraising efforts along with Ray R. Your father is missed by all as he touched so many lives in such a positive way and I was and glad to call him my friend. I will proudly be wearing purple on P.S. I Love You Day!
Maureen January 14, 2012 at 02:14 AM
What a great girl! My family will be wearing purple on P.S. I Love You Day...
Linda Renert January 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Wow Brooke, you are an amazing young woman. What a beautiful way to honor your father. My family & I will be wearing purple on Feb. 10th in honor of you & your family. I think P.S. I Love You Day will make a difference to many <3
Richard Bocchieri January 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hi Brooke, I can't imagine the pain you and your family have gone through. It is such a positive and wonderful thing that you are turning this pain and suffering into something that is going to help so many people out there who are hurting. I knew your father and he was such a giving and positive person. We all miss him, but this act that you are doing will make him and his good works live on. I will share your message with others. God bless you!
Ronnie Avnet Stoll February 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
You are sure your father's daughter. You find a cause and you are ALL IN!!! Thank you for giving depression a voice (and a color). Your dad was a very kind man. He was ALWAYS there, if needed. He was supportive and kind. I'm glad I had the opportunity to know him. (We worked on PAWS together.) I hope to one day meet you.

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