Blake Anderson: Utah State Mental Health Coach, Son’s Suicide

State of Utah Coach Blake Anderson released a video on Monday announcing that he and the Aggies program will dedicate this week’s game against UNLV to raising mental health awareness. The effort includes various messages on the program’s social media accounts, providing information on resources for those in need and testimonies from players and staff about their own experiences and struggles with mental health.

Speaking to the camera, Anderson began the round of testimonies by sharing the story of his son Cason, who committed suicide in February.

“Somewhere in the middle of the night when everyone was gone, Cason went to a place that was so dark he didn’t want to do it anymore,” Anderson said. “He didn’t want to be here anymore… Our lives changed forever that morning. Part of me, part of our family is gone and will never come back.”

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