Facing Battles Beyond The Field: How Injury Bolstered Dillon Gabriel's Commitment To Mental Well-Being

Dillon Gabriel knows the importance of having someone to talk to. That's why he is partnering with the state's 988 mental health hotline to support people when life throws a curveball.

Friday, September 8th 2023, 5:24 pm



Dillon Gabriel is known for his flashy plays on Saturday, but off the field he wants people to know that there are resources for the battles people may face that are bigger than touchdowns.

Gabriel was hitting his stride in college football, but an injury sidelined that success.

“When I got injured, it was a tough time. The biggest thing that helped me was talking through feelings with friends and family,” said Gabriel.

Gabriel knows the importance of having someone to talk to. That's why he is partnering with the state's 988 mental health hotline to support people when life throws a curveball.

“Growing up, I always had a support system. My dad always coached me growing up. He just did a great job, you know, keeping me level headed,” said Gabriel.

Gabriel said he’s thankful he can still share important moments with his family, but he says there are other ways to have that team behind you.

“Having 988 is a great resource. It is so easy, three digits. Call or text, and sometimes you need to talk and let out all of our issues and tough times,” said Gabriel. 

“What I love about football is that a bunch of different guys from different places get together to achieve a common goal,” said Gabriel.

With this partnership, he says that there should be no reason that anyone needs to feel alone.

State officials said this past year, 1 in 10 students reported attempting suicide.

There are resources available to you to help support someone you know.

988 is free for any Oklahoman during a mental emergency.

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