St. Clair County Community College will host former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple for a presentation about depression and suicide prevention Wednesday, April 2. Hipple will speak from 10 a.m. to noon in SC4’s Fine Arts Theatre. The morning will include a brief presentation on prescription drug abuse by SC4 staff.The free presentation is one of hope and recovery and uses education as well as practical advice.
Hipple is a former quarterback who played for ten years with the Detroit Lions. Since his retirement in 1989, he has been a professional motivational speaker and sales consultant. His public speaking work shifted to topics of depressive disorder awareness and suicide prevention in 2000, after the tragic death of his 15-year-old son to suicide.
He currently serves on the board of Open to Hope Foundation, a California-based organization for grief, loss and recovery, and works at the University of Michigan’s Depression Center as outreach coordinator.
He recently authored the book Real Men Do Cry.
The event is sponsored by the SC4 Social Science Department, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, St. Clair County Suicide Prevention Committee, St. Clair County Prescription Drug Awareness Work Group, Immanuel Lutheran Church of St. Clair and the family of Adam Maniaci.For more information, call (810) 989-5694.