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Journalism on Display: “SC Featured” Closes Global Mental Health Awareness Month With Father-Son Story

After father's death by suicide, son continues former Army National Guardsman's legacy with disc golf to help others

EDITOR’S NOTE: Trigger warning: self-harm/suicide

In recognition of Global Mental Health Awareness Month, as well as Memorial Day, Sunday’s SportsCenter “SC Featured” segment will tell the story of a father and son and how they bonded over the sport of disc golf. After the father’s death by suicide, the son is carrying on the father’s name as a way to help others.

The father, formerly with the Army National Guard, had introduced his son to the sport. As time went on, life separated them, and after depression and anxiety took their toll. To honor his father, the son started “Disc for Life” to bring further awareness to suicide, depression, anxiety, and mental health conditions in general. The feature, reported by Jen Lada and produced by Vincent Coladonato and Michael O’Connor, will debut in the 8 a.m. ET hour of SportsCenter on Sunday, May 30, and re-air in other editions throughout the day.

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH CONTENT

Charlotte Gibson

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Month in May, led by associate editor and writer Charlotte Gibson, ESPN.com has told truly impactful stories on the topic through the lens of athletes’ personal experiences. Baseball player Drew Robinson’s remarkable comeback is just one example.

In the audio file above, Gibson talks about what the project meant to her and the lasting effect she hopes it will have on others. – Melissa Rawlins

– Mike Skarka

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