Dak Prescott opens up on ongoing fight against suicide, mental health stigma – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott opened up and shared details about his personal struggle with mental health during a luncheon in Dallas on Tuesday.

Prescott, who was the keynote speaker in a conversation with NBC 5’s Laura Harris at Metrocare Services’ Meal for the Minds luncheon, shared personal stories and insights into his struggles with mental health, what mental health means to his family and what he does right now to keep mental health first for people in all walks of life.

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Metrocare Services Dak Prescott Lunch

“It sounds cliche, but really, I always try to find strength in adversity,” Prescott told a room of about 300 people Tuesday as the event returned to in-person gatherings for the first time since the pandemic began. “It was just so important for me to be here today just to share with you all. Dealing with my own struggles, short term struggles with depression and anxiety. Then I lost my brother [Jace] to suicide. Today would have been my brother’s 34th birthday.”

Prescott said that through his Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation he has worked to remove the stigma that comes with mental health and to shed more light on where help is available. He is currently working to make this help even more accessible through a new legislative proposal.

“Time is sensitive. If people need help with their mental health, they need it now. We do everything we can. I know the Faith, Fight, Finish Foundation has partnered with others and is pushing legislation with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention to establish a three-digit hotline like 911, but that would be 988. On the other side of the phone would be Lassen You get help from trained professionals or if you know someone who needs help,” Prescott said.

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Metrocare Services Dak Prescott Lunch

He said it is his hope that people will recognize his vulnerability when it comes to mental health and understand that a little empathy for others and what they may be going through can go a long way.

“Being vulnerable and real and transparent is great for my platform. As much as I can talk about it, it’s like a therapy session for me too. Just to be able to do that and feel good and feel good and whole and knowing who I am is amazing. I want to inspire and share and maybe even save someone’s life. I’m forever blessed to be able to do other things at the same time,” Prescott said.

Prescott’s candid conversation took center stage as Metrocare celebrates 55 years at the forefront of providing quality, accessible mental health and developmental services to adults and children in Dallas County.

according to dr John Burruss, CEO of Metrocare Services, is about raising awareness early and often. Especially when it comes to communities of color.

“Dak is really important to this mission because we’re seeing an amazing increase in suicides among black men and black boys,” Burruss said. “I’m talking about the 12, 15 and 17 year olds and that’s increased more than any other group in the last 10 years. So, bringing out the story of a face that doesn’t always tell that story. It’s important to have someone who can make that strong statement,” Burruss said.

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