Mother Discusses Why She Raises Money for Mental Health Research

Mother Discusses Why She Raises Money for Mental Health Research

Posted: September 9, 2014

“It is an actual illness,” Linda Rossi tells WCBS New York’s Marla Diamond, speaking of her daughter Chrissy’s struggles with bipolar disorder. “Let’s open up the dialogue. Let’s help these people get the help they need.”

Linda describes how her daughter “tried everything.” “Chrissy just wanted to be happy,” she says. Chrissy ultimately succumbed to bipolar disorder and died by suicide at the age of 26. While going through her daughter’s belongings, Mrs. Rossi found dozens of articles on mental illness that Chrissy had clipped. The family decided to found Chrissy’s Wish, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the research grants awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

The Rossi family hosts the annual Chrissy’s Wish Memorial Fund Golf Outing each August at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville, New York.

Listen to Linda Rossi's interview with Marla Diamond on CBS Radio.

 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

“It is an actual illness,” Linda Rossi tells WCBS New York’s Marla Diamond, speaking of her daughter Chrissy’s struggles with bipolar disorder. “Let’s open up the dialogue. Let’s help these people get the help they need.”

Linda describes how her daughter “tried everything.” “Chrissy just wanted to be happy,” she says. Chrissy ultimately succumbed to bipolar disorder and died by suicide at the age of 26. While going through her daughter’s belongings, Mrs. Rossi found dozens of articles on mental illness that Chrissy had clipped. The family decided to found Chrissy’s Wish, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support the research grants awarded by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.

The Rossi family hosts the annual Chrissy’s Wish Memorial Fund Golf Outing each August at the Rock Hill Golf and Country Club in Manorville, New York.

Listen to Linda Rossi's interview with Marla Diamond on CBS Radio.