Pat D’Aliso worked as a health teacher and football coach for over thirty years, but when he lost his sixteen-year-old son to suicide, Pat’s world was shattered.  After struggling through immense pain and guilt, he realized that unless he chose to forgive himself he would lose his wife and daughters too – his family needed him. Through the help of close friends, he continued coaching and making a difference in the lives of his players and students. Today, he and his wife, Ann Marie, share their story with students and encourage them to talk about their pain instead of internalizing it. They hope that their story can make a difference and perhaps even save lives.

 

Themes of his story include:

  • Recognizing signs of depression and suicide
  • Asking for help
  • Saving lives with kindness