Coach hopes openness helps others with depression

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KENT CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — Their basketball team’s undefeated regular season, the first in school history, meant a lot to Kent City High School and head coach David Ingles.

Now, he’s using the success as a springboard to tell his story.

Ingles has struggled with depression for about six years, saying he considered suicide twice.

It started, he said, when back problems kept him from working full-time. He said worries about money and the blow to his confidence weighed on him. He said he thought he should be able to handle the problem by himself, but it didn’t get any better.

“I dealt with it by myself for probably four years. I didn’t tell my wife. She would see me kind of down at the house and stuff, and I would just tell her, ‘It’s because I’m taking my medicine. I just need to relax and be alone and rest.’ Meanwhile, I’m miserable.”

He said he became more and more isolated until last year, when he found himself thinking about killing himself.

“I was sitting in my car, and I’m figuring out how I can make it look like an accident,” he said. “I was hurting. I felt like I was more of a burden than anything else.”

He said he was distracted from those thoughts when a friend called him.

The experience pushed him to see a counselor, who taught him to recognize the signs that meant he needed to reach out right away. He said that’s why he was able to call his wife when he again started to feel suicidal.

He’s now talking about his depression publicly because he wants to help others who are in the same position he was, hiding their problem. He also said that being open about his struggle helps him face it.

Anyone interested in reaching out to Ingles can email him at CoachIngles@yahoo.com.

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