Utah State’s Blake Anderson reveals son died by suicide

Utah State University football coach Blake Anderson talks with a referee during a game in Logan on Friday, Oct 1, 2021.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

On Monday, Utah State Aggies head football coach Blake Anderson publicly revealed for the first time that his son Cason, who died in February, died by suicide at the age of 21.

In conjunction with September being Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Utah State football program made a video nearly seven minutes long in which Anderson shared his family’s story and said this week’s game against UNLV will be dedicated to mental health awareness.

Anderson said he grew up as an athlete in a time when “As a man, you didn’t show that you were hurting. … Unfortunately, I probably spent most of my life as a father and as a coach probably teaching my kids the same way.

“I don’t think my family really knew what mental health really was, never really talked about it a lot. It wasn’t a topic of conversation. It was just something that you dealt with.”

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Anderson said that started to change when his first wife Wendy was diagnosed with cancer about six years ago. Wendy Anderson ultimately died in August 2019, “and grief set in in a way in our family that we’d never seen before,” Blake Anderson said in the video Monday.

Blake Anderson’s father died about six months after his wife, and then …read more

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