We’ve all seen, heard, read about, or personally experienced how jiu-jitsu can help depression not be such a burden. But actually finding research on the subject is a bit more of a challenge. It’s because of this that brown belt Vermont resident Laura Guest decided to conduct a survey for her master’s program in human services to see if jiu-jitsu might have a greater impact on depression than other types of exercise typically recommended by medical professionals. And if you’re someone who lives and rolls with depression, your input is extremely valuable.
“I’m specifically looking for input from grapplers who have experienced depression at some point throughout their BJJ journey, rather than people who have experienced depression earlier on in life but not since starting training,” says Guest. She says she’s also looking for people who would be willing to elaborate on the responses given in the survey, which can be found here.
The survey is short — only ten questions — and could really help both the jiu-jitsu community and those who live with depression. Please take a few minutes to fill it out, and if you’d be willing to go a bit more in-depth with your responses, please let us know in the comments or contact me directly on Facebook. (***UPDATE*** Due to the overwhelming response to this, Laura already has more than enough subjects for interviews. Please continue to fill out the survey, but further messages about more in-depth interviews will be turned down. Thanks for all your help!)