The fact of the matter is athletics, training, working out, losing weight, and any form of exercise is hard. It is not uncommon to receive external pressure from coaches, trainers, doctors, friends, and family all accompanied with internal pressures. Naturally mental stress is involved in competition along with physical stress. Physical stress is easy to measure through various metrics of weight, force, calories, oxygen, vitals, and so on, but what is not easy is to always measure or even see is mental stress. Mental stress can be the stimulus that makes us focus more, drive harder, and expound limitations, but as increasing stress builds burdens that can be overwhelming. So overwhelming it can cause a decrease in performance, enjoyment of the event, and a most importantly a decrease in self efficacy and self-confidence. This is not the same as having a bad game, bad session, a period where goals are not met, or any other brief period of disappointment or sadness. These are normal emotions that are necessary in life. I am referring to DEPRESSION.
Today I had the privilege of sitting in a lecture on reducing the risk of suicide. I attended because I have been affected by suicide and want to learn how to support those in the darkest periods of their life. ***1 key point is to ask a person you are concerned for, if they are having thoughts of hurting themselves or taking their own life!*** This does not plant a seed of suicide but is the single best thing to prevent suicide in those contemplating it, don't wait until it is too late, don't wait for the perfect moment, just ask! Don't be afraid if the answer is yes, sometimes, maybe... your answer is 2 parts: LISTEN & LOVE. Depression cannot be taken away because you wish so, but is a journey of pain and struggling, this is more successful with support that is there in person. Like the sun rising at dawn, you may not notice the exact moment hope returns or when purpose is found again, but it will come.
At Beehive Strong you BELONG! We may not have the solution or answers to solve the daunting issues of life, but we are with you, we are next to you. Mental health is real. Everyone matters.