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Eric Hipple

NFL quarterback, Eric Hipple, played for the Detroit Lions from 1980-1986 and 1988-1989. In the year 2000, Eric lost his 15 year old son to suicide. In our interview, Eric talks about the negative and positive ways that he coped with the grief and about the ways in which he creates awareness about depression and suicide today.
Eric is the Outreach Coordinator of the Depression Centre of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and speaks to groups, including major corporations and the U.S. Military on suicide prevention and mental illness. Eric travels and gives speeches at high schools and youth groups, educating others about the dangers of depression and not getting help. He is the author of Real Men Do Cry.

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