The Importance of Mental Health

When it comes to health, most of the articles on the internet or the ones covered on news stations, focus solely on dieting and exercise. Sadly, one of the biggest health issues we don’t talk about in the United States is mental health.

According to this Newsweek piece from 2014, nearly 1 in 5 American’s suffer from a mental illness each year. The CDC has stated that mental illness, such as depression, is often associated with medical diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity.

If this is an underlying issue—a precursor to diseases that kill millions every year—why are we not talking more about it?

This month’s episode of Coaches Corner focuses on mental health by exploring the stories of two fitness coaches, each who suffered from a mental health issue—depression and bulimia.

Adam Fisher and Nick Sorrell share their stories in this very personal and in-depth episode. Along for the ride, Ryan Bergren, provides a medical perspective and how he has helped clients every day with their mental health.

You’ll hear Adam talk about his almost suicide attempt in the past and before you read any further if you’re actually considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255).

I will include these below as well, but if you need to speak with someone or you connect with Adam or Nick’s story please feel free to email any of us—you’re not alone in this—shoot any of us an email and chat with us. (Adam’s email, Nick’s email, Ryan’s email, Robbie’s email)


In this episode we discuss:

  • John Romaniello on depression
  • Flipped a coin to decide whether he lived or died
  • How exercise saved Adam’s life
  • Exercise’s effect on depression
  • Depression doesn’t just go away
  • Combating depression outside of exercise
  • Journaling
  • Creating daily rituals
  • Getting in tune with your thoughts
  • The Five Minute Journal
  • Engaging your brain
  • How a break up sent Nick over the edge
  • The first time he made himself throw up
  • Negative self-talk
  • Triggers that sent him into binge and purges
  • The importance of taking a step back
  • How Nick and Adam took control in their darkest moments
  • Make the barrier so small, that if you trip over it, you’re still falling forward
  • Finding peace with depression or your eating disorder
  • Self-hatred spawning your issues
  • Only seeing the negative, missing out on the positive
  • Lizard brain and negativity
  • Where or who they go to for help 
  • Support Groups
  • Where you can get help (online or if you’re actually considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
  • Ryan’s email
  • Nick’s email
  • Adam’s email
  • Robbie’s email 

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