Do it for Daniel

On February 15, WICS will be hosting Jeff Olson & offering assemblies for our middle and high school students.

Do it for Daniel is a film that documents Daniel Olson’s story. Daniel was an all-state quarterback for the Ishpeming (Michigan) football team, had a great family and had great friends. At age 19, he lost his life-long battle of anxiety and depression.

The Olson’s family mission is to tell their family story, hoping to get rid of the stigma of mental illness so it is common for people who struggle and/or suffer to come forward and seek help. The documentary was created to educate people about the impact depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses have on people and their families and to create a dialogue. We believe that through education, we can help stop the stigma. People who suffer from these “Medical” illnesses will feel less isolated and more willing to seek help. This documentary tells the incredible story of Daniel and his family and how the community of Ishpeming through the Hematite football team rallied to restore hope for all who suffer from this Medical illness called depression.

Statistics show that one in five adults suffer from mental illness. One in four youth ages 13 to 18 experience mental disorders and most will not ask for help because of the stigma that you’re weak, crazy, or faking something. 90% of suicides are from people who suffer from some sort of mental illness. To decrease suicide we need to treat the source. Anxiety and depression are the most common. We want to try to define it, help others understand what it feels like to suffer from it, and most importantly give people HOPE. It is a common Medical illness that can be treated.

Our wish is that this movie will also show the power of love, strength, and determination. The Ishpeming community rallied behind a dark situation and banded together to overcome the odds and grew together off the field as much as they did on. If we all as a team and greater community believe and work hard enough, anything is possible. We want everyone to understand, THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE and you are not alone.

Jeff Olson
906-225-1889
jsolson@charter.net

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Dear Wykon Families,

Jeff Olson will be presenting at West Iron County Middle and High School on Wednesday, February 15, 2023. The middle school presentation will be at 9:00 am and the high school at 1:10 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend the community presentation at Young’s on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5:30 pm.

This will be an emotional presentation as Jeff Olson will tell the story of his son, Daniel, including his battle with depression and death by suicide. Do it for Daniel is a film that documents Daniel Olson’s story. Daniel was an all-state quarterback for the Ishpeming (Michigan) football team, had a great family and had great friends. At age 19, he lost his life-long battle of anxiety and depression. The Olson’s family mission is to tell their family story, hoping to get rid of the stigma of mental illness so it is common for people who struggle and/or suffer to come forward and seek help. The documentary was created to educate people about the impact depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses have on people and their families and to create a dialogue. We believe that through education, we can help stop the stigma. People who suffer from these “Medical” illnesses will feel less isolated and more willing to seek help. This documentary tells the incredible story of Daniel and his family and how the community of Ishpeming through the Hematite football team rallied to restore hope for all who suffer from this Medical illness called depression. 

Please notify us if you would like your child to opt out of attending the presentation by filling in all the information in the PDF document below and returning it to school by Friday, February 10, 2023. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 906-265-5184.

Sincerely,
Mike Berutti

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