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18 November 2020

Yol Piok: Opening up about my mental health saved my life

Mo Bro
Yol Piok
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“When you speak, there is power within it.” – Yol Piok

University of Saskatchewan Huskies receiver, Yol Piok realized something wasn’t quite right heading into his final year of high school. He had always lived by a “get out of the mud” mentality – keep going, keep moving – but he was suddenly experiencing like everything in his life became a burden. In his second year of university, Yol attempted suicide. But in the midst of his attempt, he thought of his family – his mom, especially - and realized that he couldn’t quit on himself or on them.

Luckily, Yol’s good friend and teammate, David rushed him to the hospital where Yol finally realized the power of a strong support system and opening up when the going gets tough. It was through the power of speaking up and his family and friends that Yol was able to better address his struggle with depression.

3 out of 4 suicides are men. Learn how to spot the signs and start an important conversation with a friend that may be struggling.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, or needs emotional support we urge you to head to for crisis support options. To speak with someone immediately, contact your local 24-hour support service.