Utah State coach posts emotional video

Christopher Walsh

Administrator
Staff member
Blake Anderson released a video Monday announcing that he and the Aggies program are dedicating this week’s game against UNLV to raising awareness for mental health. The efforts will include various messaging on the program’s social media accounts, offering information on resources for those in need and testimonials from players and staff about their own experiences and struggles with mental health.

Speaking into camera, Anderson began the round of testimonials by sharing the story of his son, Cason, who died by suicide in February.

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

Christopher Walsh

Administrator
Staff member
Anderson’s first wife, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer while he was at Arkansas State, and she died in 2019. His father died about six months after Wendy’s death, and his brother was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year later.
 
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