Former NFL QB to speak at WWU about depression

Former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple will discuss his struggle with depression and his son’s suicide in a talk at Western Washington University.

Hipple’s presentation, “Real Men Do Cry,” will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 in Arntzen Hall, Room 100, on Western’s campus.

Hipple will draw from his own experiences to offer insight into mental illness and the concept of masculinity, a press release said. He was a Detroit Lions quarterback for nine years in the 1980s.

Western will then host a “Walk of Hope” the following day, at 7 p.m. Thursday, that will begin in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. The event will include both student and faculty speakers, and will be followed by a walk through campus in an effort to raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Both events are free and open to the public.