USC Bringing Awareness of Mental Health



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

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Midlands Gives



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-

And to Central Carolina Community Foundation-

AND the sponsors of Midlands Gives!!

Early Worm?

Mgives may 7th 2019


Dear Work In Progress Friends,

We are in need of your financial help.  The individuals living in the midlands who experience the symptoms of a mental illness are in need of employment and many life necessities. Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 7th.

If you want to schedule to donate now ahead of time and be the early bird bird

Work In Progress, Inc is participating in the Midlands Gives, fundraising blitz, sponsored by the Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Forward this message to your friends.  Please encourage them to participate too. We can all make a difference in a person’s recovery from the barriers created by mental illness. Every gift, no matter how small or large, makes a difference!


Why is this day so important for giving?   Midlands Gives provides us with many other opportunities to multiply our gifts on May 7th

Donate Now-

During Midlands Gives, contributions of just $20 or more are amplified through sponsored prize incentives thanks to the Community Foundation’s Corporate Philanthropy Champions. Your gift could help your favorite nonprofit win one of the following prizes:

  • AFLAC POWER HOURS | 12 prizes totaling $30,000

$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

  • DOMINION ENERGY ENERGIZE PRIZE | 40 prizes totaling $40,000

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.

  • NEPHRON CHAMPION PAGE CHALLENGE | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$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.

  • BB&T MILESTONE PRIZES | 5 prizes totaling $5,000

$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

  • SOUTH STATE BANK FIRST GIFT PRIZE | 2 prizes totaling $2,000

$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.


April is Stress Awareness Month


Stress Management mind map, business concept, presentation background

Take time to unwind…

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.


Everyone has different ways they like to relax and unwind. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Take a walk
  • Read a book
  • Go for a run
  • Have a cup of tea
  • Play a sport
  • Spend time with a friend or loved one
  • Meditate (learn how in the sidebar)
  • Do yoga