"Mental health leads to the health of everything else." - Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott is most known for slinging footballs on Sundays in one of the most famous football towns in America. But what he said last week in an interview with Graham Bensinger is far more impactful to his loyal followers than any touchdown he will ever throw.
For the first time, Prescott opened up about the anxiety and depression he experienced during the coronavirus pandemic and after his brother died by suicide in April. “Before I can lead, I have to make sure my mind is in the right place to do that and lead people to where they want to be. I think that it’s important to be vulnerable, to be genuine and to be transparent. I think that goes a long way when you are a leader and your voice is being heard by so many and you can inspire."
AND HE'S RIGHT.
As the leader of one of the most popular franchises in the NFL, sometimes dubbed "America's Team", Prescott is expected to lead his team to victory each week on the field. His off-the-field leadership will save lives.
“I don't care how big a person you are—if you are not mentally healthy and you’re not thinking the right way, then you are not going to be able to lead people the right way.”
September is National Suicide Prevention Month.
If you or anyone you know is struggling please know you are not alone.
Children's Hospital Colorado: Mental Health Professionals
Robbie's HOPE: Teens helping other teens
Colorado Crisis Services: Call, text, chat, walk-in
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : 1-800-273-8255
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