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Former NFL quarterback to speak about son's suicide

| Kristin Schumacher, Diane Walkoff

Former NFL quarterback Eric Hipple, who lost his 15-year-old son to suicide in 2000, will speak for The Forum series Feb. 3 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus. Following the presentation, a reception and book signing will be held in the Dakota Room (340) of Davies Center.

Since his son's death, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and helping to break down the stigma surrounding depressive illness. He authored the award-winning book "Real Men Do Cry," which chronicles his personal journey with depression. Hipple's Forum presentation will serve as an extension of his book, focusing on the importance of acknowledging depression and mental illness.

Hipple received the Detroit Lions Courage House Award in 2010, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2008 and a presidential citation at the American Psychological Association's 2006 Annual Convention for his six years of national community-based work combating adolescent depression and suicide.

Tickets are available for order online, by phone at 715-836-3727, at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby or at the door the day of the event.

The Forum is funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire. Speakers are selected and administered by the Activities, Involvement and Leadership office of the University Centers and by an administrative committee composed of students, faculty, staff and community members. General promotional support provided by WHYS Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio.

As one of the longest continuous programs of its kind in the U.S., The Forum has worked to present many of the world’s leading personalities since its founding in 1942.

Photo caption: Eric Hipple