The Mark and Kym Hilinski who will appear on Outside the Lines on Friday (SportsCenter on ESPN at noon ET) have made a long journey since I profiled them in September 2018. They continue to grieve Tyler, their middle son, the Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in January of that year. But their grief is no longer so raw, the pain and hurt and bewilderment no longer so plain on their faces. Time, nature’s plastic surgery, is performing its healing and cosmetic tasks.
They are healing; they never will be healed. But time is undefeated, relentless in its insistence that life continue, no matter what or whom we have lost. The Hilinskis didn’t just move on. They moved — from Orange County to South Carolina, three time zones and 2,400 miles. It sounds hollow to say they moved there to watch their youngest son, Ryan, play quarterback for the University of South Carolina. They moved together, as a family — Mark, Kym and their son Kelly — to support Ryan. But that support runs in both directions. The best tonic for the four of them is to remain physically close.
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April 16, 2020
It is easy to try to take on mental health issues by yourself, but this isn’t the best way to go through life.
DANIELLE DENNEHY, Evergreen Columnist
April 8, 2020
In the last decade mental health has gone from a taboo to something heavily discussed in pop culture and the media. This rise in awareness for other people’s mental well-being has sparked a conversation about how we should handle the subject.
The important part of this conversation is distinguishing between one’s mental health and well being, and what would be considered a mental illness. For everyone there are things that may cause a shift in your mental well-being — something like an international pandemic maybe — but it is important to recognize that this probably won’t cause a long-term mental illness. The dip in mental health will eventually return to balance, though you may have been very anxious or depressed for a period and needed to practice better self care.
“There’s a difference between that mental toughness and struggling with your mental health,” Kym Hilinski, one of the founders of Hilinski’s Hope Foundation, said. “We just want all students to know that they are not weak if they ask for help, if they talk about their emotions. It takes strength to do that.”
The Hilinski’s Hope foundation strives to bring awareness to mental illnesses and destigmatize the conversation around mental health. A big part of their participation on college campuses is bringing the Step Up program to college sports teams. This program teaches players how to look out for changes in behavior from one another that may indicate a need for support. They also try to provide ways to start these conversations in a comfortable way.
Mental illnesses are a touchy subject, as for some this is the way they identify a long-term struggle with mental health problems. The way we initiate conversations about these topics can greatly affect the way someone else reacts to it. In this time of overarching anxiety and inherent reclusive behavior, it’s essential to have lighthearted check-ins with the people you care about regarding their — and your — mental well-being.
Curtis Cohen, the 2020 ASWSU President, made mental health a key element in his campaign. He said their platform for mental health support reform on campus centers around the introduction of a campaign partnered with the 7 Cups program. 7 Cups is an app and website committed to making change in the counseling industry by providing a more open form of communication and providing general training for peer to peer support.
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March 30, 2020
COLUMBIA, SC — ESPN’s Jen Lada’s E:60 with South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski and his family in ‘Hilinski’s Hope’ has been nominated for a national Sports Emmy.
‘Hilinski’s Hope’ is one of five nominees for the category “Outstanding Short Sports Documentary.” Four of the five nominations are E:60’s.
“(I’m) excited and honored to have Hilinski’s Hope up for this,” wrote Ryan in a Twitter post about the announcement. “All for you TY.”
March 18, 2020
South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski shares effort to help those in need during coronavirus outbreak
With spring football on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak, South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski has shifted his focus to helping others affected by the situation.
On Sunday, Hilinski shared that he is making “food bags for anyone that needs any help during this time.” He tweeted a photo of spare food he had gathered and told his Twitter followers that they could reach out via direct message to join the effort:
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.
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