Drew Bledsoe wants to start a conversation.
The sports world tragically lost a member Tuesday afternoon, as Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his Pullman, Wash. apartment. Police suspect the 21-year-old’s death was a result of suicide.
Hilinski’s untimely death hit close to home for Bledsoe. The former NFL QB is a Washington State product and his son, John, currently is a quarterback for the Cougars, having just wrapped up his freshman season.
In reaction to Hilinski’s passing, Bledsoe took to Instagram to stress the importance of talking about mental health.
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PLEASE READ!! I didn’t know Tyler well but he was a great friend and mentor to my son. That’s all a dad can ask for. As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!! Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!! If we sprain an ankle we go see a doctor. If we’re struggling emotionally we have to learn to treat it the same way. It’s our obligation to the people we love and the people who love us.
Well said, Drew.