Spring Ridge Academy was proud to support the Grant Halliburton's Foundation's, Beacon of Hope Luncheon on January 25 in Dallas, Texas. The Grant Halliburton Foundation raises awareness of adolescent mental health. With over 300 people in attendance, Former Detroit Lions Player, Eric Hipple, shared his remarkable journey battling depression as well as the tragic loss of his son to suicide. In his book, Real Men Do Cry, Eric Hipple shares details of his story and how he picked himself back up and dedicated his life by helping others understand the signs, symptoms and dangers of depression.
Eric Hipple is now the Outreach Coordinator for The University of Michigan Depression Center spreading the word about depression warning signs and suicide prevention. Hipple states, “Parents need to understand that suicide can happen. They are trying to decipher what to be worried about and what is normal behavior. The truth is that there is rarely a clear line. I tell them to start looking for risk factors that might set off a downward spiral.”