Former world heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has revealed how he managed to save the life of a stranger by convincing them to come running with him.
In a series of videos addressed to his fans, which were posted to his Instagram stories on Monday, December 2, Fury spoke about how a desperate fan came to his house to meet him and seek his advice.
Tyson, who has been open about his own mental health struggles in the past, gave the stranger some personal counseling, and then took him out on a run which he says helped to lift the man's spirits.Take a look at Tyson Fury's account of his intervention:
In the video, Tyson states: "Tonight I’ve had a strange experience. I’m very humbled in one way but very freaked out in another. A random stranger came to my house tonight and told me he was about to commit suicide but that he needed to speak to me first before he did it.
"Me being me, I talked me out of it and took him on a three-mile run. He left as happy as Larry and it seems to have worked. To all those people out there suffering from mental health problems, please do not take your own life."
He continued: "It will get better, I promise you. There is help around the corner, please seek medical advice immediately and you will return to what you once were."
Tyson continued: "It ain't over, it wasn't over then and it ain't over now. Come on people don't give up; keep fighting and never say die. Like I got up in round 12 against Wilder, keep getting up no matter how many times it puts you down, keep going forward because we never surrender."
Fury also shared a message he'd received from a fan called James, who had also been battling suicide ideation lately.
Tyson has previously revealed that he came close to taking his own life during a depressive episode, contemplating driving Ferrari off the road while in the midst of a low point. He is now something of an advocate, raising awareness of mental health issues and fighting the stigma against them.