Angelique Chengelis has a great ARTICLE on Will Heininger's battle with depression while a redshirt freshman. I had no idea that Heininger had to fight through this, but it's great that he's getting out there and raising public awareness of a very serious mental illness.
“Part of why I understand how serious (mental illness) is, it got to a point it was bad enough, I understood what it felt like to not want to live, which is a scary, scary feeling,” Heininger, 25, said during a recent interview. “If life was that bad, and every day was that hard, how do you do this for a lifetime, let alone another year?” No one knew what he was going through because he didn’t know what it was.
The article mentions that 1 in 5 youths will suffer some sort of mental illness, and the core message here is to seek help if you find yourself in those straits. According to the CDC, "for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death."
Mental illness is real illness, and folks like Will Heininger going public about his illness just may result in people getting the professional help they need rather than trying to deal with it alone. Hat tip to you, Will Heininger, for your work on this front.
There's a nice article on former Michigan Football player Will Heininger dealing with and getting beyond mental illness while at UofM.
Michigan is the only school in the state with support for athletes with issues like this.
I am off to celebrate, but just wanted to share the photos I took in the last five minutes and during the post-game pandemonium. Best day ever? Best day ever.
I have no recruiting news to report except they all looked very happy (we're not allowed to talk in the tunnel), Bri'onte Dunn included. Mike Martin, RVB, and Will Heininger all came back out of the locker room with their phones to take pictures with the fans still on the field—those are the last few blurry photos. Couldn't be happier for the team, and especially the seniors.
Go Blue. Celebrate safe tonight, everyone.
[ed-M: bump. always bump.]
Do we have any Pinnacle Studio 12 experts among us? I seem to have lost the ability to have my titles display lower-case letters properly (compare this MPP to my previous ones).
Setup: EMU will run power right against Will Heininger (left DT).
Wha'hoppon: Roh stands up the TE on the edge but Heininger gets blown out of the hole, leaving three blockers coming out against three linebackers going in. Roh's positioning against the TE forces the FB to 'finish him,' Hawthorne stands up to the pulling guard, and the RB dives into the pile, which poops him out six yards downfield.
Full YouTube page is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaJI_5GgNDc
Original PP is http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-emu-runnin-us-i
Seems like a disproportionate amount of ACL tears recently. I know Barwis emphasizes injury prevention, but this is seeming like a trend. Does this reveal a weakness in Barwis' program, or is it mere coincidence? I would rather have the numerous pulled hamstrings of the Carr era. I dont have any statistics from the past, but to have 3 players out with the same injury. . . Is this perhaps something that could have been prevented?