On Monday, July 25, 2011, Silver medalist Jeret Peterson shot himself in Utah. According to the USA Today, Peterson committed suicide 17 months after the night he was awarded his freestyle aerials medal. He apparently drove into the mountain in Utah, dialed 911 and then shot himself.
During his life Peterson had to overcome booze and depression. He witnessed his friend shoot himself not long before the 2006 Olympics. He was sent home from the 2006 Olympic Games after finishing seventh and after a drunken scuffle with a friend late night on a Torino Street.
After winning the Silver Medal Jeret Peterson stated, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and mine was silver.
Former Detroit Lions Quarterback Eric Hipple knows what it is like to lose a son to suicide. His son committed suicide when he was 15 years old. Eric Hipple is the Outreach Coordinator at the University of Michigan Depression Center. He travels the country speaking to people about depression and teen suicide.
If you are a man living with depression read Eric Hipple’s book, Real Men Do Cry. Men must understand, it does not show weakness if you seek help for a mental illness.
If you are living with a mental illness seek help today. You are not alone!
Contact a local mental health agency in the Detroit area http://mhweb.org
Locate a support group in the Detroit area:
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