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NFL Quarterback Speaks About Depression

FRESNO – Former Detroit Lions Quarterback Eric Hipple will be sharing his personal experiences with depression, stigma and surviving his son’s suicide on Friday, May 28, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

This free event is taking place as part of the Department of Behavioral Health’s outreach recognizing May as Mental Health Matters Month and is funded through Mental Health Services Act to promote prevention and stigma reduction.

Profile – Eric Hipple is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback whose ten-year career was spent with the Detroit Lions. Hipple’s accomplishments include two playoff bids, a divisional championship, and the Detroit Lion’s Most Valuable Player award for the 1981 season. He is currently ranked fifth in career passing yards for Detroit.

Since his 15-year-old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. As a result of his six years of national community-based work on suicide prevention and combating adolescent depression, Hipple earned the Presidential Citation at the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Annual Convention.

In 2008, he also earned the prestigious Life Saver Achievement award of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. And in 2010, Hipple received the Detroit Lions Courage House Award.

His message of resilience has provided Mental Fitness awareness to thousands of individuals in professional groups, military, law enforcement, schools, communities, and through the Under the Helmet program, to thousands of High School and youth coaches across the Country.

In 2008, Eric Hipple wrote Real Men Do Cry, which received the publisher’s Presidential Award. Hipple currently serves as Outreach Specialist for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. He and his wife Shelly live in Fenton, MI., with daughters Taylor and Tarah. His daughter Erica and her husband, Ben, live in Arlington, VA.

This event is being offered at no cost at Fresno State, Satellite Student Union located at 5241 N. Maple, Fresno, CA 93740. No cost parking instructions will be provided at time of registration.

Registration can be done at: http://erichipple.eventbrite.com

Eric Hipple appearance flier 5-28-15

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