Blake Anderson appeared on ‘College GameDay’ talking about mental health and the loss of his son by suicide. Here’s how people reacted
Utah State football coach Blake Anderson continues to be an advocate for mental health and mental health awareness since his son Robert Cason Anderson died by suicide at 21 years old in February of 2022.
Anderson has spearheaded numerous mental health initiatives in the past year and a half at Utah State, and has now expanded that to a national audience on ESPN.
The Aggies’ coach was featured on “College GameDay” — ESPN’s flagship college football show — Saturday morning before USU’s matchup with UConn in Hartford, Connecticut.
If you or someone you know are struggling, PLEASE don’t try and carry it alone. Your life matters. You are loved and have purpose. When you feel like giving up, when it’s too heavy to carry… There are others not just willing, but wanting to help you carry it. 💚 https://t.co/ccVoa9Ot2i— Brittany Anderson (@brittm_anderson) September 30, 2023
In the seven-minute segment, Anderson’s story was unveiled, along with the mental health struggles of some current and former Aggies who turned to their head coach for help following his son’s death.
The segment had a powerful effect on those unfamiliar with Anderson’s story as well as with those who were already familiar with it.
@CollegeGameDay thank you for airing Blake Anderson’s story and raising the awareness of suicide.— 🌪💙⚾️🎙Meri ✌🏻❤️💛🌪 (@mericombs12) September 30, 2023
Such a tragic story, but he likely saved 2 of his player’s lives by sharing it.
To those who are struggling, there IS help and there IS hope. Your life MATTERS. pic.twitter.com/2cW1IZdVZq
Great piece on Utah St and Blake Anderson on Gameday this morning.— Devonte Lee’s left arm (@Devontesleftarm) September 30, 2023
That was one of the most powerful segments I've ever seen in my years of watching College GameDay.— Owen (@Alakazam_428) September 30, 2023
God bless Blake Anderson and Utah State.
Just goes to show it's okay to not be okay. Getting help is fine.
Idk how I manage to turn Gameday on at the exact moment they’re going to make me cry every week. But Blake Anderson has me SOBBING— Bailey (@Baileygard_) September 30, 2023
Incredibly powerful segment featuring USU Head Coach Blake Anderson on ESPN Game Day about mental health. I'll try to find a link as soon as possible. A must view for sure.— Scott Garrard (@ScottyGZone) September 30, 2023