Paddy Pimblett raises awareness for mental illness and reveals his own struggles
Rising UFC lightweight star Paddy Pimblett has used his stardom to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention. He often discusses the issue during press conferences and in his post-fight interviews after recently having a close friend commit suicide.
“There’s a sigma in this world that men can’t talk. Listen, if you’re a man and you’ve got weight on your shoulders, and you think the one way you can solve it is by killing yourself, please speak to someone,” Pimblett said in his UFC London Octagon Interview. “Speak to anyone. I’d rather my mate cry on my shoulder than go to his funeral.”
On Sunday, Pimblett released a video to his YouTube channel titled, ‘Sharing something important.’ In the video, “The Baddy” revealed his own struggles with mental health.
“Every morning, Lad, I’d just roll over and start crying. Every single morning without fail,” Pimblett said in the video.
Pimblett visited a local suicide prevention center and spoke with its staff before taking them to the gym for a workout and stress release.
Pimblett said the most important message is, ‘there is help out there.’
(Video Courtesy of Paddy The Baddy)
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