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Depression can have a huge effect on our lives, leaving us feeling alone and with nowhere turn. Local boxer Ben Simner has had his own personal experiences with depression and struggled with his mental health over the last year.
"During March 2019, I suddenly became really depressed and my mood was very low, I had no idea why I felt that way as things were good in my life, but I just couldn’t stop the low feelings and I convinced myself I would be better out of this life. I felt that I was a burden to everyone and life had no purpose. Since then, I have been under the care of busheyfields who started me on medication, which lifted my mood and made me feel a lot better. Unfortunately, during December last year, I had another episode again. Not knowing why, I decided I was better off not being here and took an overdose. I feel really embarrassed now of my actions and what I put my family through, but the mind is a very powerful thing that can make you feel worthless at times. After a tweak with my medication, I am now in a much better place and the training for my fight in the gym has helped me a lot."
On April 3rd, Ben will be fighting fellow boxer Jamie Stone for a heavyweight title at The Hangar, Wolverhampton, WV2 4HP.
Tickets are priced at £25 and for every ticket sold £10 will be donated to Dudley Mind, if you would like to support Ben and grab yourself a ticket, please call 07516491353
Doors open at 7:30pm and Ben's fight will take place around 10:30 - 11:00pm.
The Mind Hub
Bushey Fields Hospital
Bushey Fields Road
Dudley, DY1 2LZ