Jay Perrin encourages anyone struggling with mental health issues to seek help, especially men

Jay Perrin knows what it means to struggle, and he’s not afraid to say it as he searches for a way to shine on his next assignment. Perrin (10-5, 0-1 UFC) had a tough time in his promotional debut, culminating in a decision loss to Mario Bautista at UFC Fight Night 201 in February. Although things didn’t go according to his plans on this occasion, the former CES MMA and Cage Titans Fighting Championship 135-pound titleholder believes it was just a setback. ‘The Joker’ plans to quickly send Qileng Aori to the UFC 278 preliminary card. Ahead of his clash, Perrin shared a message of hope for those struggling with mental health issues, shouting out Paddy Pimblett in progress of road.

“I have someone who struggled with their mental health for a very long time, and I’m walking out of my life,” Perrin said. “I’ve been around institutions and I’ve given back to that community as much as I can and people with mental health issues and I’ve tried to encourage others to seek help rather than just sitting there and to wallow. I think I buried four or five of my friends for themselves, and doing this over and over, I can’t bury any more. So if I can help everyone, I can just, either by listening to them, helping them, settling down with a therapist, maybe watching them and all those little things that maybe don’t seem like a lot , but who are many in other people’s worlds. That’s the best way I can put it. I just encourage everyone to ask for help because there’s nothing shameful, especially for men, to ask for help and say, “I’m struggling and I need someone to help me. When Pimblett did what he did it touched me because it’s so good to see someone of that stature say something so important because it’s really something that’s prevalent in the world right now. The suicide rate has skyrocketed, and we have to find a way to stop it. The only way to do this is to help each other. »

(00:00) Intro
(00:26) Training on Sunday
(01:06) The origin of his nickname, “The Joker”
(01:58) Comparison of Joker’s skills and fighting style
(02:48) Losing to Bautista
(04:14) Getting to the Octagon for the first time
(05:50) Preparation for Aori
(06:44) Training at Syndicate MMA
(08:05) His training partners
(09:43) His Corner
(09:58) Choosing Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards
(10:55) Predicting his fight
(11:38) Discussing his t-shirt
(11:49) Being an Advocate for Mental Health Awareness
(14:08) End

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