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2017 NAMI Michigan Honors

We are proud to announce that
MI Healthy Mind was nominated and recognized as A Hero of Mental Health!

It’s Time To Remove The Stigma: Let’s Talk About It!

MI Healthy Mind is a 30-minute TV talk show with a focus on all things Health and Wellness, particularly in the mental health and behavioral sectors. Seasoned hosts, Elizabeth Atkins and Michael Hunter explore a vast range of subjects (addiction,

depression, bipolar, autism etc) with valuable insights and lively conversation from popular entertainers, experts, athletes, and other newsmakers. But most important, MI Healthy Mind showcases real people, “the heroes” who have

overcome and triumphed over their mental health issues. In the wake of incredible loss, or adversity, these people found a way to turn personal tragedy into hope.

“All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming.” — Helen Keller

Former Detroit Lions quarterback, suicide loss survivor, and mental health advocate, Eric Hipple shares his story of personal loss, struggle, and recovery.

NFL quarterback Eric Hipple has an incredible story of tragedy and triumph. After his 15-year-old son died of suicide, Eric fell into a debilitating downward spiral. Following an attempted suicide, and jailed for drunk driving, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback. With unflinching honesty, Eric shares his journey for others to realize that depression is a treatable disease.

The one-time member of the Detroit Lions lost a son to suicide in 2000 and as part of his own healing and recovery, Hipple came to realize he’s battled depression since he was a teenager in Texas. Looking back, he believes that there may be some predisposition to mental illness in his family. Growing up he was what he describes as a “sensitive kid,” but it wasn’t something that overly impeded him. Until 1997 when the former Detroit Lions quarterback, on his way to the airport with his wife driving, handed her a note, opened the car door and jumped out.

At the hospital neither he nor his wife mentioned that the accident was a suicide attempt. Hipple recovered and went back to his life, burying the episode. He tried to drown the pain with alcohol and eventually spent a couple of months in jail for his actions.

But within a matter of years, there was another hurdle, one that took things even further. In 2000, Hipple’s then 15-year-old son committed suicide.

HOW DO I FIX THIS?
Healing from his son’s death, it was support from many sources that helped Eric, but ultimately it was his wife who was there for him. Then, a chance invitation to a lunch and learn at the University of Michigan Depression Center changed his life. He now has taken a tragedy and turned it into triumph.

From that moment, Hipple embarked on a journey to educate himself in mental illness and suicide prevention in order to be able to devote himself to helping others navigate through their struggles and try to save lives. “Helping others is what makes my son’s death and my life meaningful”, says Eric. “I talk about things that might be going wrong whether it’s brain illness, stress, trauma or injury.”

He points out the warning signs of suicide, the very ones he missed in his own son Jeff and breaks down barriers to good mental health through public speaking.

“The idea,” Hipple said, “is to knock down the wall and say you’re not alone and someone else has gone through this in a different way and has stories themselves and by sharing those you get a chance to talk about yourself.”

In 2009, he published a book, “Real Men Do Cry,” in which he chronicles his own journey and offers resources for people and families dealing with personal challenges of mental illness.

Hipple is now in a much more centered place in his life and continues to move forward with the mission to help those who have experienced similar struggles to his own.

Watch this episode of
MI Healthy Mind, this Sunday. 

Let’s Talk About It!

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Myths and Truths: Health Issues of American Indians

The story of the American Indian is filled with historical myths and modern day truths. On this episode of MI Healthy Mind, we explore the truths and explode the myths of this fascinating and resilient community who have specific challenges that are direct products of their culture, biology, history and policy.

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Safe Space

Drug addiction, suicide, abuse, human trafficking… join us for conversations that may change your life! We’re shining a courageous spotlight on difficult topics with people whose triumphant stories will inspire. And our experts will give you the tools to change your life. Wellness begins in the mind, and our motto is the first step to achieving that: “Let’s talk about it!”

Co-Hosts

Compassionate, engaging and energetic, Michael Hunter and Elizabeth Atkins speak from experience as they guide guests through strong, honest conversations about issues that could have crushed them, but instead made them stronger.  Join Michael and Elizabeth to celebrate wellness in mind, body and spirit!

Resources

Each week on MI Healthy Mind we interview individuals who triumph over challenges of mental health, find experts to learn more about how to get help for others dealing with similar issues and provide those resources for viewers.

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Show Highlights

  • Our motto is, “Let’s Talk About It!”
  • We showcase real people triumphing over tragedy to inspire others.
  • We provide a safe forum to discuss difficult topics such as addiction, mental illness, and health problems.
  • Our goal is to inspire viewers to feel they’re not alone, that help is available and that treatment works.
  • MI Healthy Mind is judgement-free.
  • Our experts provide resources and tools for everyone to achieve wellness in mind, body and spirit.

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MI Healthy Mind is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment.

Please seek professional care if you believe you may have a condition.

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SHOW HIGHLIGHTS

  • Our motto is, “Let’s Talk About It!”
  • We showcase real people triumphing over tragedy to inspire others.
  • We provide a safe forum to discuss difficult topics such as addiction, mental illness, and health problems.
  • Our goal is to inspire viewers to feel they’re not alone, that help is available and that treatment works.
  • MI Healthy Mind is judgement-free.
  • Our experts provide resources and tools for everyone to achieve wellness in mind, body and spirit.

OUR PRODUCERS

This groundbreaking new show, MI Healthy Mind is produced by Relativity Communications. Relativity is a woman-owned production company with offices in Plymouth, Michigan, specializing in locally focused programming. Relativity is committed to providing high quality content for Michigan viewing audiences. 

DISCLAIMER
This site is not intended to provide and does not constitute medical, legal, or other professional advice. MI Healthy Mind is designed to support, not replace, medical or psychiatric treatment. Please seek professional care if you believe you may have a condition.