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Real Men Do Cry Perfect Paperback – September 11, 2008
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"This book is difficult to put down. Eric Hipple tells the real deal about men and depression. Seeking help for depression is not a weakness or a character flaw but a sign of strength and empowerment." --Donna Holland Barnes, PH. D., President of the National ORganization for People of Color Against Suicide
"Real men get depression. As a good quarterback, Eric decided to share his knowledge and passion in the belief that he could help explain the game plan to win this struggle" --John F. Greden, M.D. Executive Director of the University of Michigan Depression Center
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Eric, like millions of other men, had to battle depression. But he came of age in an era without the understanding and treatments available today, and his only option was to "suck it up" and keep going. As a result, he never dealt with his depression. Even worse, he was not able to recognize the signs of depression in his young son, who eventually took his own life at age 15. This tragedy, coupled with his existing mental illness and other pressures of life, caused him to spiral out of control, and he landed in prison. From Monday Night Football to a Monday night in jail, as he tells it.
Down but not out, Eric began to take responsiblity for his own life, and to battle back against the darkness. He stopped blaming everyone for his bad decisions, and became strong enough to seek additional help. Through treatment, courage, and sheer perseverance, he got his depression under control and his life on track. Now he teaches other men that depression is real, and educates communities around the country on depression and the signs of suicide. He has sworn that the loss of his son would not be in vain.
There's no boastfulness of an ex-NFL great in this book. There's no ego either, except when he talks about how it was detrimental to his life. The story is very real, told in a comfortable, personal style, and is an emotional rough ride. But in the end, it's the story of a courageous man who battles back from darkness and pain, and now does what he can to help others find their way out. Anyone suffering from the loss of someone close from suicide or who is battling depression will get something out of this book, and will appreciate its simple but important lessons.
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I am in the Navy and attended a Suicide Awareness brief where Eric Hipple was the guest speaker. A fan of the Detroit Lions since my childhood, I'm now 44 YO, I knew Eric Hipple... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lee Donaldson
This is an excellent book for anyone suffering from a suicide loss. Eric's down to earth from the heart true story is moving and leaves an impact. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dan Nasharr