Heisman Trophy Winner

University of Texas football star shares his story of overcoming depression, anxiety

University of Texas football star shares story of depression, anxiety

Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Ricky Williams, Dr. C. Edward Coffey, Kathy Coffey, Chris Fowler
Ricky Williams, Dr. C. Edward Coffey, Kathy Coffey, Chris Fowler. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Maureen Hackett, Robert C. Wilson III
Maureen Hackett, Robert C. Wilson III. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Will Robertson, Brett Hogan, Cullen Geiselman
Will Robertson, Brett Hogan, Cullen Geiselman. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Katina Pontikes, Monty McDannald
Katina Pontikes, Monty McDannald. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Beth Robertson, Miller Crosswell
Beth Robertson, Miller Crosswell. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Laura Bonck, Mary Ellen Perkinson, Dr. Kathy Flanagan
Laura Bonck, Mary Ellen Perkinson, Dr. Kathy Flanagan. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Carol Lee, Allen Lyons
Carol Lee, Allen Lyons. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Dr. Bud Frazier, Ian Aitken
Dr. Bud Frazier, Ian Aitken. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Lynda Underwood, Ann Trammell
Lynda Underwood, Ann Trammell. Photo by John R. Lewis
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Robin Gibbs, Lela Gibbs
Robin Gibbs, Lela Gibbs. Photo by Jenny Antill
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Ricky Williams, Dr. C. Edward Coffey, Kathy Coffey, Chris Fowler
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Maureen Hackett, Robert C. Wilson III
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Will Robertson, Brett Hogan, Cullen Geiselman
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Katina Pontikes, Monty McDannald
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Beth Robertson, Miller Crosswell
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Laura Bonck, Mary Ellen Perkinson, Dr. Kathy Flanagan
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Carol Lee, Allen Lyons
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Dr. Bud Frazier, Ian Aitken
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Lynda Underwood, Ann Trammell
Houston, Menninger Clinic Annual Luncheon, May 2016, Robin Gibbs, Lela Gibbs

What: Menninger Clinic Annual Signature Luncheon.

Where: The Westin Hotel, Galleria.

The scoop: University of Texas football star, 1998 Heisman Trophy winner, and NFL running back Ricky Williams shared his story of overcoming depression and social anxiety disorder and told how the stigma of mental illness delayed his efforts to get help. ESPN sportcaster Chris Fowler conducted the interview.

The luncheon, honoring Rob Wilson, raised $575,000 for Menninger's work in mental health treatment, education, and research. Both Dr. Edward Coffey, Menninger president and CEO, and Robin Gibbs lauded Wilson for his many years of volunteerism and service to Menninger.

Gibbs and his wife, Lela, joined Carol and Allen Lyons as luncheon chairs.

Who: Bess Wilson, Lindsey Smith, Barbara and Corby Robertson, Lynda Underwood, Vivie and Chris O'Sullivan, Ann Trammell, Emily Crosswell, Lloyd Gite, Dr. Bud Frazier, and Flo McGee.

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