Presentations are customized to any audience, including Corporate, High School, College, Athletes, and Military.

School Presentations

Student stress is real and a growing concern across our country. It is imperative that students learn how to manage stressful stiuations in a healthy way. If you want to engage your students and help them manage their stress and pressure during the school year and beyond, Eric and Tarah will help you achieve this goal.

This innovative presentation strives to enhance learning and academic achievement by changing the culture of stigma surrounding mental health. The program emphasizes the power of peer support and bystander intervention in everything from preventing destructive behaviors, to identifying serious warning signs of depression, substance abuse, or suicidal ideations. Building on the energy of motivation and purpose, this presentation provides constructive strategies, resources, and materials for school staff, students, and parents to use to encourage positive behaviors. Attendees will learn strategies to identify depression, as well as strategies to promote healthy behaviors.

Suicide Prevention and Destructive Behavior

There are those who display the classic symptoms of suicidal behavior, who build up to their act over time or choose methods that require careful planning. And then there are those whose act appears born of an immediate crisis, with little or no forethought involved. In both cases the decision to die is predicated on thoughts that joy of life no longer outweighs the unknown that is found in death. Feelings of worthlessness and the inability to connect with a sense of well-being can be influenced by stress, trauma, brain illness, and injury. Brain illnesses such as depression and post-traumatic stress (PTS) can influence one's perception and lead to a pattern of negative thoughts and destructive behavior. An understanding of brain illness symptoms, suicide ideation and the use of Question Persuade Refer (QPR) can be used for intervention. Discussion of Mental Fitness (choices, self-esteem, values, communication and healthy boundaries) is paramount for prevention. The more mentally healthy one is, the better the outcomes to negative influencing factors.

Eric Hipple begins this program with his NFL story, followed by the stress and depression involved with losing his son to suicide.  He transitions into Mental Fitness with the focus on preventative steps.

*Information presented has been obtained via The University of Michigan studies and training in QPR and ASIST.

Survive and Thrive
A Quarterback’s Take on Managing Change in a Hectic World

When change is apparent in or out of the workplace, mental fitness is a key component for managing it.  It gives us the ability to care for ourselves and make sure we’re physically able to navigate the turbulent waters ahead.

We are all expected to be on the top of our game and take on the challenges that life presents to us. But managing them physically and psychologically can add another layer of stress. We are all too familiar with the stresses in life and the damage it can do to the biology and the psyche of a person. Resilience, solution oriented thinking, positive attitude and decision-making with a strong dose of purpose is the foundation for mental fitness. That doesn't mean that things won't go wrong, they often do in life, but just surviving is not enough, it is also about thriving.

In Eric’s engaging session attendees will learn how to understand the 5 components of stress control (predictability, controllability, trust, relationships, purpose), navigate the pillars of mental fitness (recognizing choices, self-esteem, boundaries, vulnerability), and be aware of oneself and observation of others

Utilizing the tools of mental fitness, we can live and work with the motto “Survive and Thrive”.


Peer to Peer Training

Phase 1: See above description for School Presentations

Phase 2: Peer to Peer Training (designed for 20-40 students)

  • Take Fitness Assessment Screening Tool (FAST)
  • Fitness Skills Training
  • Introduction to Mental Fitness
  • The Four Relationships
  • The Philosophy of Responsibility
  • The Pieces of the Mental Fitness Puzzle
  • Responsbility, Vulnerability, Boundaries, Self-Esteem, Communication, Commitment
  • Review results from FAST
  • Specific/Advanced Topics in Mental Fitness
  • Leadership Roles
  • Understanding and solving problem of Co-dependency
  • Teaching responsbility
  • Solving problem of mental health stigma
  • Responsible communications and negotiation
  • Advanced topics in boundaries
  • Advanced topics in commitment - mental health and faith
  • Advanced topics in mental health - understanding mental illness
  • Critical thinking and philosophy of science
    • Introduction to trauma interventions
      • Suicide prevention and values training
    • Description of brain illness symptoms and suicide ideation
    • Question Persuade Refer (QPR)
    • Discussion of Mental Fitness

Phase 3: Follow up with Mental Fitness Workbooks handed out during workshop