Editorial: Talking about depression does not make you weak

Staff Editorial

In a recent interview, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott revealed that he has been struggling with depression and anxiety throughout the spring and summer. He said he had been having a hard time dealing with COVID-19 and then his brother died by suicide on April 24.

In response to these comments, FOX Sports personality Skip Bayless said on his show “Undisputed” that he questioned Prescott’s ability to be an effective team leader.

Bayless’ comments were denounced by many people, including FOX Sports, which released a statement supporting Prescott and disagreeing with Bayless.

We at The Daily Eastern News agree that Bayless’ comments were offensive and inexcusable, and applaud Prescott for being open with his mental health struggles.

The stigma surrounding mental health will never be erased as long as people like Bayless use their platforms to make problematic comments about mental health struggles.

Being depressed does not make anyone less of a “man,” and no one is immune to depression or anxiety. It can affect everyone, whether or not they are a professional athlete.

It is important for people to talk about their mental health, and for men, not be afraid of speaking out when they feel depressed.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the suicide rate among men in 2018 was 3.56 times higher than among women.

When men like Prescott are criticized for talking about their feelings, it can establish a pattern that leads to numbers like this.

We at The Daily Eastern urge more people to be open about their mental health, and urge people like Bayless to think before they make harmful comments.