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Aggie coach Anderson discusses son's suicide in effort to raise awareness

The Herald Journal
Utah State University head football coach Blake Anderson discusses his son's suicide in a video posted by Aggie athletics on Monday.

Many Aggie fans were aware that head football coach Blake Anderson lost his son to suicide last winter, but the coach had never spoken publicly about the family tragedy.

On Monday, Anderson shared his son’s story and his own grief in a video shared by Utah State University athletics as part of his team’s plan to dedicate this week’s home football game against UNLV to mental health awareness.

The emotional seven-minute video quickly gained attention across the state and nation, including a writeup on the website of Sports Illustrated, and the coach is being saluted by mental health professionals for giving voice to a topic that is often kept quiet in families.

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This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.