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.
AFTER A SERIES of setbacks spanning his health, business and personal life, James Donaldson tells KING5’s Chris Daniels he battled depression, and also contemplated and planned a suicide attempt. Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski’s suicide had a profound impact on him, and helped him find his way back.
DURHAM — Nolan Lennon is living the dream these days.
A few weeks after graduating from Clemson, he’s already pursuing an MBA as he prepares for his final season of eligibility with a soccer program that played for a national title just four seasons ago.
Several times during his speech on Tuesday, Mark Hilinski paused a few moments to compose himself. He always cries, his wife said later, when he addresses an audience and tells the story of his son, Tyler, the former Washington State quarterback who died by suicide in 2018.
May is Mental Health Awareness month and it’s imperative to highlight one of the most important discussions we often overlook in society.