Posts Tagged ‘Mental health’

Jeff Jarrett became one of Owen Hart’s closest friends before his tragic passing, but Jarrett didn’t realize how his friend’s death affected him so heavily until years later. Double J joined Steve Austin on the latest episode of “Broken Skull Sessions” to talk about the entirety of his pro wrestling journey up until this point. Halfway through the episode, Austin asked Jarrett about those moments surrounding that heartwrenching evening on May 23, 1999.

“I didn’t realize how bad it affected me until 19 years later when I got into the darkest part of my life and it all came out,” Jarrett said to Austin. “When it went down, cause I remember it like it was yesterday, he left his house on a Saturday. We were going to All-State Arena, Chicago live event, sold out … but he got there late.

“We were working against Edge & Christian. I’m dressed, Edge & Christian are dressed, we were supposed to go over the match. And Owen comes in and he hears it, and he says, ‘Jeff, come here.’ We get in a little bathroom stall, and he pulls out of his tights these red noses,” Jarrett said. “He wants to play a rib on these kids and throw this together, and me and him got red noses on.”

Jarrett also recalls Hart having fun with Bradshaw and Steve Blackman that Sunday morning as well. He then goes into detail about a WWE ticket person named Matt Miller, whom Hart was friends with, letting him know that it was time to go up in the rafters. Hart left and Jarrett knew he had about 15 minutes to get ready for his match.

Earlier than expected, Miller came back to tell Jarrett that Hart fell and Jarrett’s time to go out was now. Jarrett initially thought that Hart just hurt his knee, and recalls doing his promo and getting to the ring for his mixed tag match.

“They wheel him back, and Francios is on top of him and there’s a whole mass of people going, and I finish the promo and Owen goes that way with the whole medical scene and they tell us to go this way. We go, Steve, go down the aisle. It’s all a blur, but the one thing I’ll never forget, [I] get up in the ring like we do and feel the ropes, but the top rope’s really loose, and I walk over in that corner and there was the divot, and that’s when the whole kind of thing went into, ‘He didn’t just break his knee.’ Cause I thought Matt Miller said, ‘Hey man, he fell,’ and I immediately go, ‘Oh man, his knee’s screwed up, they had to stop the match.’ I’m not thinking the worst at all,” Jarrett said.

“I come through the curtain and Matt and the police officer were there, and I said, ‘I want to go now,’ and they knew it, and I told the cop, ‘Where are you going to be?’ He said, ‘I’m right there.’ I ran up for whatever reason and grabbed my bag and jumped, and went back into the cop car and we’re hauling ass down the road, and I’m knocking on the plexiglass, ‘Officer,’ and he didn’t want to answer. ‘Hey dude, can you help me? I know you obviously can’t say anything but what am I stepping into here?’ Steve, he looked over his shoulder and that’s when he goes, ‘It’s not good.’”

Jarrett talked about the sadness of going through all the events of the week following Hart’s passing, including “WWE Raw” the night after and Hart’s funeral. All that being said, there was never any time to process the intense emotion of it all.

“In a week’s time, we were kind of all back to work. ‘You okay, Jeff?’ ‘Oh, I’m fine.’ Like, a lot of us, it’s what we did. Well, 19 years later when I get into treatment and they sort of drill down on that, man, a flood of emotions came out. So it affected me in so many ways that I had no idea,” Jarrett stated.

“Knowing Owen and the kind of guy he was, and it affected me for a lot of years that I had no idea. I can’t even imagine. It’s one thing [to Austin], you’re closing the show. There was not a right or wrong decision. I would have hated to be in Vince’s shoes. To be put in those circumstances on so many levels, it was – a night we’d all like to forget.”

Many fans were surprised when Toni Storm abruptly parted ways with WWE late last year.

On Friday’s episode of Busted Open Radio, Storm delved into some of the factors that led to her departure from the company.

“I guess I just freaked out and went home,” Storm said flatly.

The reasons are more complicated than that and Storm did not provide many details about what was happening to her behind the scenes in WWE. She did make it clear that she was feeling overwhelmed by mounting pressure mentally and emotionally.

“I went two and a half years without going home at all and that’s after a life of like – well, about seven years of being on the road,” Storm explained. “Like, I left for England. About seven or eight years had passed and I was like, ‘Oh my God!’ And then take into account the amount of negativity that you hear about WWE and then add that on top of it.

“And I’m not saying that I had a problem with WWE at all. I’m actually really grateful for the time that I got to have there. I learned so much. And you know what? It was so cool. It was real and it was cool. But in the end, it wasn’t real cool. And something just happened and I left. And it felt – I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience, to be honest.

“I just kinda – you know, have you ever lost it? Have you ever just lost your mind?  That’s kinda what happened, I guess. The stress of not seeing family in years and then just so many overwhelming things all at once and uh, yeah. I’ve been happier ever since.”

Toni Storm recently signed with AEW and made her debut on the March 30 episode of Dynamite. Storm defeated The Bunny to become the first individual to qualify for the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament.

“I felt really overwhelmed in that moment,” Storm recalled. “I was excited and really happy because I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at my career and it’s not all over. When I left WWE I wasn’t banking on going anywhere else.”

Toni Storm admitted she didn’t have a plan for life after WWE at the time she left the company. However, she had been working for months to get her body into better shape.

“I’ve been going pretty hard for about a year,” Storm said. “I feel during my time in NXT and after the pandemic, I was feeling a bit slow, lacking motivation a bit, but I pushed through. But just in the last year, I’ve managed to get my diet and training down. I don’t know. I guess I’m growing up. I’m coming out of my early 20’s and I’m, like, being careful and I’m being better.”

AEW’s Toni Storm was a recent guest on WAG Wednesday where she talked about her decision to open up about mental health. Storm has been candid about her struggles in the past, and she made it clear that there is no shame in that.

“I don’t know, I guess I just started talking and didn’t really stop,” Storm said. “I guess I am a little bit of a, I share way too much. But it feels good to talk about stuff like that, and get stuff off my chest. I encourage everyone else to do the same. There’s no shame in that. I feel like there’s a lot of stigma attached to mental health, and it can be challenging, it can be really hard. I’m all about just being really open about stuff, and talking. I found it has really helped me.”

Toni Storm recently launched her own OnlyFans account, and that is something that has proven to be popular. The AEW star addressed whether she consulted anyone in her orbit before starting the account.

“I mean, I didn’t have to have a conversation with anyone, to be honest,” she said. “I just kind of do my thing, my family, and friends, and everyone I know is kind of in full support, I don’t really see the need to ask permission or anything.”

Her OnlyFans account sees Toni Storm sharing pictures of herself for fans to purchase. However, as she wanted to clarify in the interview, she is not doing porn.

“Well it’s not exactly porn, what I am doing,” she said. “I think you’ve got the wrong idea. Yeah, I don’t do porn. I take sexy photos and post them at a price, that’s all I do. Not porn, not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s not what I do. Not so much crazy hardcore scenes or anything in that nature. But I like to take a lot of photos and share them with my fans. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a porn star, but I don’t do porn.”

Eddie Kingston has admitted that he tried to stay away from everybody backstage during and after his stellar AEW feud with CM Punk.

Kingston told the ‘Wrestling Perspective’ podcast that he “had to walk away so I could break out of that mental state where I just wanted to kill everybody”. Ooft. The All Elite star was so wound up by some of the “real” things he and Punk had said to one another during promos, and he didn’t want “to be miserable the whole day” afterwards.

That’s why he kept himself to himself for a while.

Both guys had been waiting a long time to say some things to one another, and they didn’t hold back even on TV. Post-fiery showdowns on Dynamite and Rampage, Kingston found himself ready for war, but he made sure not to take that anger out on anyone else.

Punk and Eddie worked a celebrated singles match at AEW’s Full Gear pay-per-view on 13 November 2021. It was cathartic for Kingston, but he found himself in a dangerous mental state after those early verbal back-and-forth skits.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has shared stories about his battles with depression in the past. Now, he’s sharing his story in a different way.

Season 2 of Young Rock will depict the 18-year-old Johnson battling depression after he suffered an injury while he was pursuing his dreams of playing football at the University of Miami.

“I grew up an only child, and a dude,” Rock told E! “Dudes have a tendency to hold this stuff in. And you know, it’s not in our nature to just talk about it because it makes us feel vulnerable. We don’t want to feel vulnerable. It makes us feel weak, we shouldn’t feel weak. We should have our shit together. But that’s not life.”

The Rock says he’s encouraged by other people’s reactions to his personal story and is hoping to help clear some of the stigmas that often surround discussions about mental health.

“The most touching feedback that I consistently received has been our openness to talk about mental health,” Rock said. “It was something that I was unfamiliar with when I had my first bout with depression at the end of 1990. I didn’t know what it was. I just felt like, ‘Man, I feel like sh*t. I don’t want to do anything.’”

The Rock has recently teased a return to WWE TV, but there’s no official word on when The Rock might return to WWE TV or if he might return. He is rumored to be the intended opponent for WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 39 in 2023. That event will also take place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.

Season 2 of Young Rock premiered last week. Producers say the season will also show The Rock’s transition into the wrestling ring, including him performing as his former WWE persona Rocky Maivia.

In a recent interview with CBS Sports, AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill thanked former AEW EVP Cody Rhodes for going to bat for her when she was at her most vulnerable.

According to Cargill, “a lot of people kind of went off their ways” following her AEW debut match, and Rhodes would always check on her mental state to make her feel at home.

“It was a blessing [to have Cody Rhodes around],” Cargill said. “After my Shaq match, I feel like a lot of people kind of went off their ways. He was one of the people that checked up on me and my mental and to make sure I was OK and to help me understand the business.

“Understand [that] the business found me. I didn’t find the business. I was just thrown into it and he understood that. There were other people, I’m not casting them out, but he was one of the people that texted me daily about my mental. In this sport, mental is very important. He’d check if I was getting what I needed. If I was getting the training that I needed, if I was able to speak and have the voice that I wanted.”

Cargill elaborated on Rhodes being a voice for AEW talents who couldn’t “speak up” for themselves.

“Cody is one of the people that’s for the people,” Cargill stressed. “For the people that can’t speak up. I’m the type of person that doesn’t complain. I just roll with the punches. I just go with the flow. That’s me and I like taking on challenges. He’s a great person. He’s a great individual.

“He was very much in my corner. He’s a great guy. He’s a phenomenal father. He stepped into new shoes. He’s a phenomenal father. He’s a phenomenal person in general, and he was one of the people that went to bat for me, for a lot of things.”

Jade Cargill will defend her TBS Title against Tay Conti at Sunday’s Revolution pay-per-view.

Antonio Brown said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offered him money to undergo mental health treatment to avoid backlash for demanding he plays injured.

“These guys at Tampa Bay Bucs tried to make an agreement with me to give me $200,000 to go to the crazy house so these guys could look like they know what they’re talking about,” Brown told HBO’s Bryant Gumbel in an interview set to air Tuesday evening. “These guys aren’t professional, they treated me wrong.”

The Buccaneers cut Brown before the end of the regular season after he walked off the field during a game against the New York Jets. Brown claimed his ankle wasn’t healthy enough to play, while Bucs head coach Bruce Arians asserted the wide receiver was upset with his target share that afternoon.

“(I’m) not worried about the ball,” said Brown, who was interviewed alongside his lawyer. “Tom Brady is my guy, he’s the reason I’m on Tampa Bay, so I know I’m gonna get the ball.”

Brown missed several games with an ankle injury before returning Dec. 26 against the Carolina Panthers. He said the Buccaneers gave him Toradol injections to help manage the pain for as long as he could.

His attorney, Sean Burstyn, said he has evidence of the Buccaneers offering to pay Brown to undergo “intensive mental health treatment.”

“The offer was Antonio would basically sit on the sidelines, go on some list, and commit himself to some form of intensive mental health treatment,” he said. “And we were specifically told in writing by the general manager twice, ‘Don’t spin this any other way.'”

When asked if he believes he needs any kind of help with his mental health, Brown said he possesses “mental wealth.”

“I know a lot of people may not understand me … or don’t know how I react to emotional things, but it’s not for them to understand me,” he said. “I got a beautiful family, kids, and people across the world that look up to me. It’s no reason I’m in this situation at this point.”

Brown joined the Buccaneers midway through the 2020 campaign and helped them win Super Bowl LV. The seven-time Pro Bowler has bounced between the Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, and Bucs since requesting a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the 2018 season.

Former WWE star Adam Scherr (fka Braun Strowman) has launched his new Diskuss mental health app.

Scherr spoke with Lance Allan of the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, and talked about the launch of the Diskuss app. Diskuss connects users with licensed certified therapists, counselors and life coaches, 24 hours a day.

“We just launched an app called Diskuss,” Scherr said. “It’s a mental health app that gives you licensed certified professional therapists, counselors, life coaches in the palm of your hand, 24 hours a day via audio, video, text messaging services. It’s fully encrypted so all your information (is) safe. But, it gives you the capabilities and the comfort of doing it in your own home.

“If people would like to speak with someone, we’re offering a free 24 hour text messaging session by using promo code ‘let’s diskuss.’ So ‘let’s diskuss’ will give you a free opportunity to try the app out for 24 hours via the text messaging service for anybody that would like to try it if they need to reach out and talk to somebody.”

Scherr talked about his own experience with mental health issues, and how he dealt with bullying over his weight and a reading disability.

“You see this image that I portray in real life, this outer shell, but I’m an onion,” Scherr said. “I got layers. Everybody. Everybody has layers. I went through a lot of bullying when I was a kid because I was a fat little kid. A little husky kid. (I) didn’t understand why and then (I) had a reading disability when I was younger, so that was another thing.

“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up. My family, we just didn’t. So I would wear different clothes and oh, you’re poor and getting picked on. That’s stuff I think everyone has to deal with. The unfortunate thing is, bullying is never going to go away.”

Scherr said he finds motivation in people telling him he can’t do something. He recalled how a high school teacher warned him he’d never amount to anything, so he sent that teacher a signed action figure when Mattel released his first WWE figure.

“I had teachers that told me I was never going to amount to anything when I was in high school,” Scherr recalled. “My very first action figure I got I signed and said to that teacher, thank you for everything.

“So I had things like that and people, and that was, that’s still one of the things to this day that pushes me and drives me, is telling me that I can’t do something. Like, oh, da, da, da. There’s limitations of whatever. I don’t even care if it’s getting in a little car, like alright, I’ll prove you wrong.”

Using “Titan” as his ring name, Scherr is currently a free agent working the indies after being signed to WWE from early 2013 until he was released on June 2 of last year. He noted how experiences in public and on the internet, while he was with WWE, led to social anxiety.

“There’s been times even with my career when I was with WWE when things weren’t going well and I started getting in my own head, because you’re constantly being verbal badgered by the internet and social media,” Scherr said. “You’re being attacked every way you go. You go out to eat dinner and people are hounding you when you’re out here, and I started to develop social anxiety because of it.”

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen revealed he has bipolar disorder in the wake of an incident that took place at his home on Nov. 24.

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings.

“It’s true I am bipolar,” Griffen wrote Friday on Instagram. “I will embrace it and I will be an advocate for mental health. I been running from it a long time. I’m not ashamed of it anymore. It all started when my mother passed away. Went into a dark place, thought I was great for many years. I promise this time I will do everything the experts say. I love my family and I miss my friends. Thank you for all the love and support, but most of all thank you for all the prayers.”

The Vikings placed Griffen on the non-football illness reserve on Nov. 26, two days after police and mental health professionals were called to his house. Griffen had called 911 and was refusing to leave his house because he said there was an intruder inside trying to kill him.Police officers weren’t able to locate an intruder after entering Griffen’s home.

Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowler, is in his second stint with the Vikings. He missed five games in 2018 during his first stretch with Minnesota after an altercation with police at a hotel. He spent four weeks undergoing mental health treatment after that incident and lived in a sober house for the final three months of the 2018 season.

The Vikings haven’t said when Griffen might return to the lineup. The 33-year-old has five sacks this season, trailing only Danielle Hunter for the team lead, though Hunter is out for the season due to injury.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown seemed to have everything going his way in 2020, having his best season yet in the NFL on the way to earning his first Pro Bowl honor.

Behind his big smile, Brown said Thursday he was battling so hard with depression back then that he thought of killing himself. He shared a video on social media Nov. 12 on the one-year anniversary of that dark time, encouraging people to ask for help, and Brown told reporters Thursday that’s why he finally spoke up.

“It was a dark moment, and it was a year ago where I had thought about taking my life, you know? And it was special to me because it just came with my heart that I wanted to share with others and help others so much as I can,” Brown said of sharing his own struggle.

Growing up in Mississippi, Brown said he always brushed off his feelings and didn’t consider what depression really was. Brown wouldn’t share what led to his depression. Those feelings wound up almost overwhelming him.

Brown said he thought long and hard about posting the video he recorded earlier on Nov. 12. He was nervous about whether he should share his personal struggle with the world. Brown described what gave him the courage to do it.

“I just wanted to put out a positive message that I’m still here,” Brown said. “I’m still growing. I’m still learning. I’m blessed. I’ve got a lot of things to be grateful for and someone was there for me. So reach out to your loved ones and ask them how they’re doing and listen to them, you know, because it’s important.”

The response to Brown’s video has been very positive. Brown said a lot of men reached out, telling him what he shared was powerful. He also sat down with several Titans teammates who talked about their own struggles, which Brown says they need to do more often.

“You need to look out for one another,” Brown said. “I know we play this beautiful game, but you know, life is beautiful.”

Brown said it’s easy to put on a smile and pretend everything is OK. He credits former Mississippi teammate and roommate Elijah Moore, rookie with the New York Jets this season, with helping him through his most difficult moments. He also reached out for professional help, which he’s still using.

The receiver currently leads the Titans with 41 catches for 567 yards and three touchdowns.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Monday he appreciates Brown’s courage in speaking up about mental health. The coach focuses regularly on the mental health of the Titans and said he is glad they’ve been able to provide a safe space for people dealing with the strain that being in the NFL can put on professional athletes.

“Hopefully his message can help somebody else feel comfortable to seek help, get things off their chest, to be able to talk through things, and I think that is a great example,” Vrabel said.

Vrabel added that the Titans discussed a college football player whose death in November 2015 was ruled a suicide and how his mother thought her son seemed happy. That struck home with Vrabel, father of two sons, with one playing football at Boston College.

“Having kids that are going to start going off away from college and moving on and having their own life, these are real things we all deal with,” Vrabel said. “It is great when people can, especially significant professional football players or athletes, are willing to address it and willing to make statements about it.”