Eric Hipple, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions now works as an outreach spokesman for the University of Michigan to help to prevent suicide. As part of his job he came to the Suicide Awareness Banquet at the Coburn United Methodist Church Thursday night to tell his story to over 140 people.
"I got involved in mental health because I lost a son to suicide at age 15 but I also had my own ups and downs with depression. I didn't know what it was and didn't know what it was called until after my sons loss and I started asking questions and trying to get answers," said Hipple.
Hipple says being a suicide prevention advocate and possibly saving lives far outweighs any feelings and highs he had during his years on the football field. He says it's important to know the signs of suicide and to be aware because if we don't, we can lose somebody. Hipple also offered some personal advice.
Hipple said, "Just get involved and reach out and hug your kids. Be hopeful and support somebody."
If you know someone talking about suicide, you should intervene and ask them to get help.
Suicide Support & Resources:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Six County, Inc. Crisis Hotline: Muskingum County, 740-453-5818; all other counties, 1-800-344-5818
Guernsey County Survivors of Suicide Support Group: 740-432-7440
Muskingum County Survivors of Suicide Support Group: 740-454-5365
Perry County Survivors of Suicide Support Group: 740-342-5154