Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott admitted to falling into depression and anxiety after his 31-year-old brother Jace committed a suicide this offseason. Dak's mother died of color cancer of 2013 and his brother Jace was battling with mental health issues for years before he decided to take his own life.
"When you have thoughts that you’ve never had, I think that’s more so than anything a chance to realize it and recognize it, to be vulnerable about it,” Prescott said, via Todd Archer of ESPN. “Talked to my family, talked to the people around me simply as I did at the time.
Some of them obviously had dealt with it before, was able to have those conversations and then reach out further just to more people. "I think being open about it and not holding those feelings in was one of the better things for me."
Prescott is one of the most popular NFL players
The Cowboys, considered as America's team, enjoy a huge popularity and being the starting quarterback for the team brings many positive sides. But in this specific case Prescott hopes him being open about his mental health issues will help those who are dealing with similar things to go and seek professional help.
"I’m a people person. I’m somebody that likes to be around people. I like to inspire. I like to put a smile on people’s faces, day in and day out, and I like to lead,” Prescott said. “When that’s taken away from you simply because you’re forced to quarantine and not be around people and get around people as much as you would like to, yeah, it’s tough.
“As I explained, it creates new emotions. Emotions that I’ve never felt before but obviously dealt with. And I obviously got the help that I needed and was very open about it. I think that’s why I was fortunate to get over it, as not all are.
As I’ve said before, I don’t want to sit here and dwell on the things that were a struggle for me when I know I’m very fortunate and blessed and other people have it much more worse. But just to be transparent about it, that even in my situation, emotions and those type of things, can overcome you if you don’t do something about it." Prescott hopes his story will help save someone's life. "It saves lives,” Prescott said.