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Hilinski’s Hope: On Grief and a Family

December 19, 2019

Hilinski’s Hope: On Grief and a Family That Shows the Meaning of True Strength

Nearly two years after Tyler Hilinski’s suicide, his brother, South Carolina QB Ryan, and the rest of his family are having a deep impact as they attempt to rebuild their life.

Article Greg bishop
Photo David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated

The darkness surrounding mental health issues must be addressed

November 27, 2019

We knew him as this bright light shining at our dinner table, on our family vacations and on the football field for the world to see. His smile shared beams of joy and illuminated the world around us, but we did not know that behind his sweet and happy face was a darkness taking hold of his soul.

Ultimately, depression/anxiety took hold, his brain betrayed him and Tyler died by suicide.

Senior Day at Washington State

November 26, 2019
Parents of late Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski on hand for Senior Day: ‘If they’re going to say Tyler’s name, I have to be there’
PULLMAN – Like many of the other decisions they’ve made since their son took his life 22 months ago, Mark and Kym Hilinski wrestled with this one.
Kym wrestled some, Mark even more.
A few weeks ago, Washington State Football Chief of Staff Dave Emerick reached out via text message, informing Mark and Kym that the team was planning to include Tyler Hilinski during its Senior Day celebrations, along with 13 other members of the Cougars’ senior class – many of whom the late quarterback came to Pullman with, and grew close to, before he committed suicide in an off-campus apartment in January 2018.

Thanksgiving Note from H3H

November 26, 2019

A Thanksgiving ritual our family enjoyed was holding hands around the dinner table with relatives and friends sharing what we were thankful for. We skipped it last year, we didn’t have Thanksgiving, nor Christmas, it was just too hard, a big piece of our life was missing.

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ESPN E60 Hilinski’s Hope Video

October 25, 2019

From ESPN: “Jen Lada sits down with South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski in ‘Hilinski’s Hope.’ Hilinski, who helped the Gamecocks defeat No. 3-ranked Georgia last weekend, explains how the devastating loss of his brother Tyler impacted his life both on and off the field. Lada examines how Tyler’s story can help others who are battling mental illness.”



October 23, 2019

Movember celebrates joint awareness campaign with Hilinski’s Hope to help change the face of men’s mental health in November


This November, Movember returns with its annual month-long fundraiser challenging men across the US to grow a moustache, raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues including men’s mental health, suicide prevention, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer.
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