Jiu-Jitsu helps students build stronger mental health

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News 8 is teaming up with Mental Health Connecticut for Mental Health Awareness Month. The Be 1 of 110 Campaign is asking individuals and group to talk about what moves them to strengthen their minds every day. 

Mental Health Connecticut is celebrating 110 years with a year-long fundraiser called “Be 1 of 110.” 110 individuals and groups across the state are raising $1,000 or more by sharing their answer to the question: what moves you?

Victoria Pelka counts on her Jiu-Jitsu classes to maintain good mental health.

Victoria’s boyfriend died after taking his own life. She had begun Jiu-Jitsu about a year and a half earlier, after her boyfriend recommended she try it out.

After she stopped attending, a member of her Jiu Jitsu class reached out let her know that they were there for her.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has helped her grieving process. 

We want to know, what do you do to maintain good mental health? Get in on the conversation on our News 8 Facebook and Twitter pages, and be sure to use the hashtags #be1of110 and #whatmovesyou.

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