Let’s Talk About Mental Health – Michael Kissell

It’s with a heavy heart we announce Michael Kissell passed away early in 2019 after a battle with Leukemia. He will be dearly missed.

First of all, tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Michael Kissell, I’m 18 years old, and I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I currently work as a Shift Supervisor-in training at a BP Gas Station.

Tell me a bit about your mental health?
I’m diagnosed with anxiety and depression, I got diagnosed about 5 years ago in my Freshman year of high school.
How has this affected your life?
It made me retreat into my shell. I’ve become a very, very shy and quiet person when I’m not with people who I feel completely comfortable around, of which there aren’t many. When the slightest change in my life occurs, it can easily feel like the sky is falling. I rely heavily on what I know and what I’m used to, rarely trying new things or traveling. It really has made moving through the weeks, the months, the years, a real challenge at some points but I’m still here, I’m not giving up yet.
How are your relationships with the people around you? Do they understand what you’re going through?
I’m not going to name names, but my two closest friends are both going through similar situations, and that definitely helps. We all understand what we’re going through and we’re always available to talk to each other. I don’t know where I’d be without them.
Do you have any specific coping mechanisms?
If they’re around, either my dog or my bird are my safe places. I can just hold them or play with them and it puts me at ease no matter what’s going through my mind. Other than that, honestly, its Professional Wrestling. It has been my life for well over 10 years now and it always gives me something to look forward to. Whether its finding random matches on YouTube, or watching Top 10’s, talking with others online, or even catching up on some of my favorite companies, its the one thing that I can never be bored of, and always entertained by. It helps me take my mind off of my problems by immersing myself into the world of Wrestling.
What does the future hold for you?
Honestly, I have no idea exactly what my future holds, I try to live my life day by day because everything can change in a second. I’m going to do everything I can to keep my chin up and to not let this get the best of me. As for the goals, I hope that one day, people will know me. One way or another, I want to be able to help inspire others. That’s all I know.
Finally, anything you’d like to say to others in similar situations?
Keep your heads up. Even when everything seems to be down, it does get better. Just keep doing what you love, what makes you happy and don’t worry about what other people think. Just be you.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for interviewing me!

Below I am going to leave a link listing all the main mental health websites around the world, as well as a link with all the international suicide prevention hotlines.

Remember if you aren’t sure where to go or who to talk to, you can call 999, 911 or your equivalent.
Mental Health Websites:
Suicide Hotlines Worldwide: