May 10, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Soa Palelei (red gloves) reacts after knocking out Ruan Potts (not pictured) 2:20 into the first round of a heavyweight bout at US Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Soa Palelei becomes an ambassador for charity

UFC star Soa Palelei is one of several athletes who have signed on to be ambassadors for the Everyday Hero Let’s Talk Suicide Tour 2014 charity.

Created by Derek Best, CEO of Innovative Hair Loss Solutions, the charity aims to raise awareness, educate and help prevent suicides in Australia. It aims to raise $300,000 to help train 100 people to take phone calls and aid those need help.

To say that this cause is a good thing would be an understatement. In recent years athletes have taken their own lives for different reasons. Earlier this year, Mauricio Zingano, husband to UFC fighter Cat Zingano took his own life. In 2013, Barry Meyer, president of Tuff-N-Uff, committed suicide after years of battling depression. And suicide doesn’t just affect the individual who takes their own life, it also hurts their family and friends.

Something we’ve heard a lot is that people who have suicidal thoughts just need someone to talk ti. They need to be reassured that they are important and sometimes they won’t get that from their loved ones – and that’s not because the people around them don’t care, it’s just that they may not notice when someone is hurting or that person isn’t reaching out to them. And sometimes it’s up to the individual to reach out to others, but it’s hard for them to do that. This fundraiser will give people that resource and give them a chance to trained professionals who can help them.

To make a donation, go to the Everyday Hero Let’s Talk Suicide Tour 2014 website.

And if you’re having suicidal thoughts and need to talk to someone, please, please reach out to friends, loved ones or anyone who will listen. You are not alone and there will be someone who is willing to talk to you. Call the call National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. If you don’t want to reach out to them you can contact me on Twitter and I’ll listen.

Tags: Austrailia MMA Soa Palelei Suicide Prevention UFC

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