Recently, former UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and revealed that she had suffered with suicidal thoughts. This came after her UFC 193 knockout loss to Holly Holm.
Following her admission, many members of the sporting world came out in support of Rousey, revealing that they, too, know that feeling of devastation and loss.
Recently, Rousey spoke with TMZ about her family's history of mental illness as well as why she believes thoughts of suicide shouldn't condemn a person:
“There’s a history of suicide in my family. My father and his dad both took their lives and I think suicide is the No. 1 killer of young teens as well. I do a lot of work with Didi Hirsch, which is a free mental health clinic here in LA and the last event I went to here with them was erasing the stigma, taking the stigma away from suicide and everything and making it actually acceptable for people to talk about it — and look for help and not feel ashamed of themselves for it and [that] should be encouraged.
“It’s not about damning people and I feel like there’s been an overly negative light on that. It’s something that people are going through, not something like a weakness that we should condemn.”