How Do I Fix This? Addressing the Unique Mental Health Issues of Men
No one is immune to mental health issues. Former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple shares his personal story of triumph – and the tragedy of unaddressed mental health problems that led to losing his son to suicide.
After leaving football, Mr. Hipple began battling untreated symptoms of depression. However, he resisted help and even avoided talking about his feelings. Even after he attempted suicide, he remained reluctant to openly discuss mental health, fearing the stigma that all too often surrounds it.
Shortly thereafter, his 15-year-old son died of suicide, and, in retrospect, Eric recognized symptoms of depression in his son’s behavior, similar to what he, himself, had experienced. The grief, guilt, and overwhelming sense of helplessness led Eric into a debilitating and self-sabotaging downward spiral.
However, after being jailed for drunk driving, Eric came to the realization that profound life changes were necessary. Thanks to his family and those around him, he found the strength to seek therapy for his own depression and was able to make an amazing comeback.
Eric is now dedicated to helping others, particularly men, recognize the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. Eric is intent on helping others understand that being open and honest about mental health is, in fact, a sign of strength.
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