Investing In Ability Week 2013 Events


Monday, Oct. 28

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Two perspectives on depression - Eric Hipple: "Real Men Do Cry" & Blake Wagner: “inkblots: Tiny shifts can lead to BIG changes”


Eric Hipple

Eric Hipple is a well known figure at the U-M Rachel Upjohn Depression Center although he is not himself in the medical profession. This former Detroit Lions quarterback serves as outreach coordinator to patients, putting a human face and a poignant personal narrative on the topics of depression and suicide. Eric also travels to area high schools and visits veterans groups to tell his story and that of his son, who committed suicide in his mid-teens. Author of the book "Real Men Do Cry," he will share his story of experience and hope with the audience and perhaps even touch on the recent NFL lawsuit that he and a number of other football players were involved with.

Read more about Eric Hipple.


Blake Wagner, III is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He has been active in designing student outreach programs and motivational speaking. The “inkblots: Tiny shifts can lead to BIG changes” brief film series ( has grown out of his passion to converge clinical information and evidence-based coping skills with a hip and student-friendly, 2-4 minute film format. Last year, Blake presented inkblots at the University of Michigan’s college mental health research symposium, which birthed a multi-site outcome study in collaboration with Drs. Daniel Eisenberg (University of Michigan), Jane Gillham (Swarthmore College), and Helen Stallman (The University of Queensland). The team will evaluate the impact inkblots films have on distress and resiliency levels in the college student population, and determine ways of maximizing reach.