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.