Former Detroit Lion to speak at mental health event

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 5:09 pm on Monday, October 03, 2011

Eric Hipple

IONIA — A former Detroit Lions player will be the featured speaker at a mental health event Wednesday.
Ionia Rotary and Ionia County Community Mental Health are co-sponsoring the event. It will also feature 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge David Hoort, who coordinates Mental Health Court in Ionia and Montcalm counties, and 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet, who coordinates Veterans Court in Ionia County.
The free event will take place 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ionia Middle School. The presentation is geared toward middle school and high school youths and adults and is not appropriate for young children.
Eric Hipple was drafted as a quarterback by the Detroit Lions in 1980. He played nine seasons for the Lions with a career best year in 1985 when he threw 17 touchdown passes. He retired from football and became a professional motivational speaker and sales consultant.
Hipple lost his 15-year-old son to suicide in 2000. As a result, he began speaking out on the topics of depressive disorder awareness and treatment and suicide prevention. He is the outreach coordinator for the University of Michigan’s Depression Center in Ann Arbor and author of the book “Real Men Do Cry,” published in 2009.

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