RICHFIELD - We've watched Richfield-native Hannah Mrozak shine on "The Voice" this season. But many don't know that behind her strong voice and amazing stage presence is grief she's trying to overcome.
The 19-year-old has been through a lot, and had to address some of her heartbreak on "The Voice" in front of millions of people around the country. Her hope, is that her story might help others.
"Learn to Let Go" by Kesha was Hannah's final song on "The Voice," and in many ways, it defines what she and her family are trying to do in life.
"People are not as alone as they think they are," she also said. "For some reason, my brother felt that he didn't have anyone to go to. The biggest thing that we can do when it comes to suicide prevention is just communicating and talking about it more. It is so hard to pick up warning signs. Sometimes you can't. We didn't have any idea when it came to my brother. People should know there is always someone to listen, whether they think there is or not."
Though the pain still very real, so is the joy of now living to honor Mason.
"He's always with me," Hannah said. "I think he's proud of me."
To find out more about Life of Hope, visit the organization's website, lifeofhopeproject.org or call (262) 429-1556.
Hannah and her family are leading a "Celebrate Life Dinner and Auction" to raise money for the organization on Jan. 5.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255, which is available 24 hours every day.