Eric Hipple is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback whose ten year career was spent with the Detroit Lions. Hipple’s accomplishments include two playoff bids, a divisional championship, and the Detroit Lion’s Most Valuable Player award for the ’81 season. He is currently ranked fifth in career passing yards for Detroit. From 1995-2000 Hipple was color analyst for the FOX NFL pre-game show in Detroit. Since his 15 year old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. Hipple recently received the Detroit Lions 2010 Courage House award. He also received the prestigious 2008 Life Saver Achievement award given by the American Psychological Association’s 2006 Annual Convention for his six years of national community-based work combating adolescent depression and suicide prevention. His message of resilience has provided mental fitness awareness to professional groups, military, law enforcement, schools, communities and through the “Under theHelmet” program, thousands of High School and youth coaches across the Country. In conjunction with US Fleet Forces, he has provided workshops on suicide prevention during the last four years by focusing on positive Mental Fittness. Most recently, Hipple was instrumental in forming a collaboration between the NFLPA Former Players and the U of M comprehensive Depression Center as a destination site for evaluation and consultation. He co-authored a study examining depression among retired football players; the study appeared in the April 2007 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. His book “Real Men Do Cry” received a publisher Presidential Award, in addition, he was featured in a 2008 documentary and national community outreach program called Men Get Depression (www.mengetdepression.com) The film, produced by State of the Art, INC., has been broadcast on public television stations across the U.S. Hipple currently serves as outreach specialist for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. He and his wife Shelly live in Fenton, MI. With daughters Taylor and Tarah. His daughter Erica and her husband Ben live in Arlington, VA.



Adrienne Crocket has served as an education consultant and presenter for MIRA for 12 years. Prior to serving in this role, she was a teacher and a principal with the Bloomfield Hills School District. During her 23 years tenure as a principal, her school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary School; she was recognized as the Michigan Outstanding principal of the year, and received the National Distinguished Principal Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Adrienne participates in community service for various non-profit organizations. Her  avocation is vocal and instrumental music, and for thirty-one years she has served as the Director of Music for her church and continues today to serve in this capacity. Growing up and observing relatives in her immediate and extended family cope with untreated depression inspired her to major in Social Sciences at her alma mater, the University of Michigan. Her childhood observations also served as a catalyst to learn about depression. Her goal is to work toward the elimination of the stigma that is associated with depression. Adrienne is a wife and a mother of two wonderful young adult children.



Tarah Hipple is an avid student of social work and cognitive behavioral therapy. She was a blog contributor to the Open to Hope Foundation and recently authored her book Tarah’s Song: Words of Survival, a compilation of poems about her journey from tragedy to suffering to survival. Tarah knew first handedly of tragedy at a young age. She began writing and playing the piano to express feelings she felt she could not say. Through intense therapy for her post-traumatic stress disorder, Tarah confronted teh past and found peace. She now co-presents with her father, Eric Hipple, in speaking about their continued journey and suicide prevention. Tarah was born in 1993 and resides in Michigan.

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