UFC fighter: I had suicidal thoughts, I struggled with depression



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UFC fighter: I had suicidal thoughts, I struggled with depression

Loma Lookboonmee decided to open up and talk about the mental problems she had after the match against Lupita Godinez. She was not feeling well and had suicidal thoughts. “After that loss I went home and it was a very difficult period for me because I had been suffering from depression,” Lookboonmee said in her post-fight press conference as quoted by mmafighting.com “After that loss, I said to myself that this was it, I was done.

The reason I’m standing here today is because of my team and my family believed in me, they’ve always believed in me, and always believed that I would get better and would get back in there. That’s why I’m here right now”.


Lookboonmee: I know how it feels, and I know how bad it is

With this move, Lookboonmee wanted to provide support to others who are facing the same problems. She is aware of what they are struggling with and knows how difficult the recovery process is.

“I’d like to tell people that are suffering from depression and mental illness that I am one of you, too,” Lookboonmee explained. “I know how it feels, and I know how bad it is. I’ve had suicidal thoughts, I have hurt myself, and I know how dark and deep it goes."

People with mental problems need support from their environment, but especially from their families. Support is the most important step towards full recovery. “I am lucky to have such an amazing team behind me, and a family who loves me and has always seen the value in me.

I’m very grateful and blessed to have them. I want to tell people that suffer from mental illness to see value in yourself because it’s there, and to never give up, and understand that things might not get better right away, but they will eventually”.