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Hilinski’s carry hope, football to South Carolina

July 19, 2019
“We hear the term differently now, mentally strong and mentally tough. What does that really mean? You have to be sick to think that leaving by suicide is going to be better for anybody. There’s no other way to explain it,” Mark said. “At 21 years old, life is fixable, period. That choice shouldn’t be an option. And we want to make sure that if talking about it and telling Tyler’s story is impactful enough for you to share yours, or if you know somebody that’s going through that struggle, we want to give you the tools to get him or her out of it, and talk to a professional. The silence is what hurts the most.”

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January 2018 when I found out Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski

June 25, 2019

I will never forget that day in January 2018 when I found out Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski had taken his life. My heart was broken and I cried.
Seeing an athlete who was around the same age as me die shook me because I was once in a similar situation. Autopsy reports revealed that Hilinski had suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which I thought made it even more important for people to know that athletes, current and former, could be dealing with mental health issues.

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