Mary Sheppard | Managing Editor
Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey recently revealed that she considered suicide after her loss against Holly Holm this past November. Rousey took a kick to the head which knocked her out and landed her in the hospital. However, loss of her title and physical injury weren’t the only problems she faced; mental and emotional damage immediately set in upon her loss.
When talking about her experience at the hospital, Rousey, 29, told Ellen DeGeneres, “I was sitting in the corner and was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?”
She continued with her first thoughts about self-harm, saying, “I was literally sitting there thinking about killing myself. In that exact second, I’m like, ‘I’m nothing. What do I do anymore? No one gives a s— about me anymore without this.'”
Rousey’s admittance to her suicidal thoughts brought the subject of suicide to the forefront of the media this week. Self-harm is a very real problem that needs to be discussed more openly and frequently. It is not a personal problem – it possesses the ability to have detrimental consequences to not only the person suffering but their friends and loved ones as well.
People who may be in a dark place need to know that they are important, that there are alternatives, and that there are people who care and can help, but help cannot be offered if the problem is not known. Rousey’s decision to come out in the media about something so intimate does not seem like an easy task, nor does it highlight a weakness of hers. If anything, she can still be seen as the champion she aspires to be – she came to terms with her experience and was not ashamed to share it and admit to how low she felt.
In Rousey’s case, she found comfort in her significant other.
“To be honest, I looked up and I saw my man, Travis, was standing there,” she said, “And I looked up at him and I was like, ‘I need to stay alive.’ Really, that was it. I haven’t told anybody that. I’ve only told him.”
The WCSU Counseling Center, located in room 222 of the Midtown Student center, is one of many places you can turn to if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. They offer free and confidential professional counseling to all matriculated students. If you find that your situation is urgent and you cannot make it to the counseling center, know that you can call any of the following numbers for help:
Regional Suicide Hotline: 1-888-447-3339, or by dialing 211
Crisis Intervention Hotline: 203-739-7007
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Know that you are never alone.