One Gamecock family has turned a tragedy into an opportunity to help raise awareness for mental health for student athletes.
Ryan Hilinski is the freshman starting quarterback for the South Carolina Gamecocks. His two brothers, Kelly and Tyler also played college football.
January 2018, Ryan’s brother Tyler took his own life. No one saw it coming.
The Hilinski family started an organization dedicated to providing resources for mental wellness for student athletes. It’s called Hilinski’s Hope.
Over the past weekend, the Hilinski family overheard people talking about an idea to bring more awareness to mental health and athletes when South Carolina takes on Alabama this Saturday.
“The idea was in order to sort of draw attention to mental health in sports, the entire stadium would stand and hold three fingers in the air at the beginning of the Third Quarter in solidarity that we’re here for each other. That we recognize this problem isn’t going away,” said Mark Hilinski.
September is Suicide Prevention Month
The National Suicide Prevention Line is 1-800-273-8255
Please come join us at the South Carolina State house grounds at the front steps.
Today is Midlands Gives! Midlands Gives brings the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for Midlands nonprofits.
Please consider giving to Work In Progress today if you already haven’t.
Thank you to to Midlands Gives- https://www.midlandsgives.org/index.php
And to Central Carolina Community Foundation- https://yourfoundation.org/
AND the sponsors of Midlands Gives!!
If you want to schedule to donate now ahead of time and be the early bird
$2,500 added to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit that has the most unique donors during the following hours: 7 – 8 & 10 to 11 AM, 12 to 12:59 PM,4 – 5 PM 6 to 7 PM 11 PM to 11:59 PM
If total donations reach $1 Million by 5:30 PM on May 7th, Dominion will award $1,000 to 40 randomly drawn nonprofits. The drawing will be done live at Midlands Gives headquarters at 5:45 PM on May 7th.
$1,000 awarded to five randomly drawn nonprofits from the Champion Pages that have at least $100 in donations by 8 PM on May 7.
$1,000 awarded to the nonprofit that receives the gift that achieves one of the following giving milestones: $250,000, $500,000, $1 million, $1.5 million
$1,000 awarded to one small budget and one large budget nonprofit who receives the first gift of the day in their size category
Let everyone know! Mark your calendar! Just don’t forget to donate on May 7th using this link. Thank you for your generous support.
Stress happens. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, at times it’s unbearable. That’s why taking time for yourself is invaluable. It’s healthy to relax, renew, and rejuvenate.
Stress does not merely afflict your mind; it can also affect you on a cellular level. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses—from headaches to stomach disorders to depression—and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. Understanding the mind/stress/health connection can help you better manage stress and improve your health and well-being. https://foh.psc.gov/calendar/stress.html
Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started: