Sports and Suicide

By Mick Holien

Refusing to release details contained in the suicide note left by Washington State University presumptive starting quarterback Tyler Hilinski has only served to fuel speculation about what prompted the talented signal caller to take his own life.

Evidence seems to indicate Hilinsky, who was slated to take the Cougar helm after the graduation of Luke Faulk, took the weapon in the morning of Jan. 16.

When he didn’t attend a later weightlifting session and after he subsequently didn’t answer knocks on his door the Pullman Police Department attempted to contact him at his Aspen Village Apartment only to discover his unresponsive body,

The initial exposure of the No. 12 to be worn by all WSU team members to commemorate Hilinski can be seen on the ironically on the uniform top of Falk, who is playing in the Senior Bowl.

Experts point out there are warning signs that friends, family, teammates and coaches should be aware of but I can tell you from personal experience it is difficult to identify the possibility because the depressed and distraught do a good job of hiding it.

In some cases they say pressure brought about from athletics can push someone who can’t deal with it.

An injury also may play a role as a player who has been hurtis six times more likely to suffer from depression than a healthy athlete.

Also proven is the greater the performer, the more difficult and deep possible depression.

The most immediate remedy might well be a call to 911 which can direct you to the most immediate assistance.

Or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273Talk (8255). Always brighter days tomorrow ..just sayin

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