Few martial arts communities have been as active in mental health awareness and suicide prevention as the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community. This month, jiu-jitsu schools from all over the world joined forces to #RollForNichole, a young women (and good friend of Jiu-Jitsu Times writer Averi Clements) who committed suicide.
Now, Caio Terra BJJ is doing its part to raise awareness for mental health.
This week, the school will be hosting a #submitthestigma seminar in honor of Shirley Yeh, a student and friend whom Caio lost earlier this month. It will be held on November 7 at the Caio Terra Academy on 855 Park Ave in San Jose, California.
The goal of the seminar is to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. As Caio says:
When some one is over weight and they change their diet we don’t say “oh you‘re dieting now” we say that’s awesome you’re getting healthy. When some one goes to counseling we should feel the same way, as mental health is equally if not more important than mental health.
The suggested donation in $25. All proceeds will go towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Santa Clara.
You can see Caio’s Facebook post below.