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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Quality Of Life Publishing Co; 1 edition (September 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981621929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981621920
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #661,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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<br /><br />"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<br /><br />"This is an important book for everyone -- fathers, husbands, sons, and the women who care about them. Eric's message is powerfully delivered: men with depression need to seek help. It's not only the courageous thing to do; it can save lives." --Robert Gebbia, Executive Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention praises "Real Men Do Cry"

"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

About the Author

<DIV>Eric Hipple, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions, made the comeback of his life when he sought help for his depression following the suicide of his 15-year-old son Jeff. Because no one recognized Jeff's signs of depression and high risk for suicide, Eric now dedicates his life to helping others realize that depression is a treatable disease. He works with the University of Michigan Depression Center as outreach coordinator, where he travels nationwide speaking to teens and adults about ways to recognize the signs of depression and risks for potential suicide. Eric is the recipient of the prestigious 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award given by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and serves on the boards of the Mental Illness Research Association and the American Association of Suicidology.</DIV>

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It's an easy read book that contains a wealth of information.
Gracious Grandma
The story is very real, told in a comfortable, personal style, and is an emotional rough ride.
R. Ballister
It's a must read for all men, and I'd highly suggest it for the women who love them.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Stachon on April 30, 2009
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I read the book immediately after ordering it on Amazon. I remember Eric from that era and the book wasn't at all what I expected. It was much,much more than the hey, I was really something bio/schlock! I have suffered from depression as have my children, we share the same issues being from parents who suffered (undiagnosed) and being athletes (and former athletes). Eric takes you on a very personal and insightful journey into his issues but uses the book as an opportunity to teach and ask people who may be struggling to seek help. This book is interesting and extremely informative. The fact that Eric was a college and pro football star (and worshipped as a hero in Detroit) helps break down barriers and make a lot focused points about depression. A MUST READ!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballister VINE VOICE on March 24, 2011
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Most football fans remember Eric Hipple as the tough Detroit Lions quarterback who played his heart out and did whatever he could to win. That's all true, but what they don't know is the darkness he had to overcome to get there, and the terrible tragedy that changed his life.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gracious Grandma on December 9, 2011
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I read this book before going to hear Mr. Hipple speak in person about his life's trials. It's an easy read book that contains a wealth of information. I read it one Sunday afternoon as I just couldn't put it down. I found it very helpful as I was dealing with the same personal issue with my husband. My husband read it too and it gave him assurance and hope that similar situations can be overcome. It's a great book for men. They need to know they CAN cry and it's OK to discuss feelings and issues that shouldn't be withheld. If you have the opportunity to hear Mr. Hipple's presentation, do it!
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