Braun Strowman recently sat down and talked with with Lilian Garcia for her Chasing Glory podcast – which is now available on video on on the WWE Network – where he opened up about his mental health issues.
The former Universal Champion noted that the WWE family leans on each other for support and encouraged people going through similar mental health issues not to be afraid to reach out and ask for help, no matter who they are.
“When I talked about this in the documentary – how much people lean on not only me, but all of the WWE Superstars, how much people lean on each other. And that’s that whole thing, when we work together – human beings work together in a cohesive unit – we’re unstoppable. And it’s just finding somebody that’s there, finding a friend, you know reaching a hand out and don’t be afraid to ask.”
Strowman pointed out that there has always been a stigma surrounding men of his size and stature talking about mental health because big men “aren’t supposed to have emotions”, which he dismissed as “hogwash”.
“That’s what I was so worried about for this long time – I play this big macho character in real life I’m 6’8 and 350lbs and this whole stigma of guys – these big men – aren’t supposed to have emotions or whatever or aren’t supposed to think like that is hogwash.”
Braun Strowman added that in addition to asking for help, that people should actively make the effort to reach out to those around them who they know are dealing with mental health related problems:
“I mean everybody goes through stuff and mental health is so not talked about. I feel like it should be. That’s one of the biggest problems with so much stuff that goes on, with the craziness in the world, and its just reaching out or knowing that someone’s going through something and you reach out and help them.”
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If you or anyone else you know is affected by this story, please don’t be afraid to reach out.