Madison Halloran, a nineteen year old track & field athlete, has died from an apparent suicide, per and article in the Daily Mail (UK) over this past weekend.
Depression is an issue that affects people of all ages. With the changes, quite traumatic for many, that happen between high school and college, depression is an issue that comes up often. Please, if you notice a fellow athlete or team member isolating themselves, speak to them, but also speak to your coaches, counselors immediately.
It is not a sign of weakness to ask someone for help, it is pretty healthy to understand that you do not have all of the answers. Please keep Madison Halloran, her team members, and her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
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Depression is a major issue. It happens to those of all ages, for help, please go to your friends, your coach, your family or we suggest National Suicide Prevention Line on 1-800-273-8255.
We suggest that coaches use such moments as teaching moments. Remind your athletes that no one, any age, has all the answers and we all feel overwhelmed at times. Asking for help and someone to listen is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of being healthy and human.