Former WWE star Adam Scherr (fka Braun Strowman) has launched his new mental health app Diskuss.
Scherr sat down with Lance Allan of the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee and talked about the launch of the Diskuss app. Diskuss connects users with licensed and certified therapists, counselors, and life coaches around the clock.
“We just launched an app called Diskuss,” Scherr said. “It’s a mental health app that brings you professional certified therapists, counselors, life coaches in the palm of your hand, around the clock via audio, video and text messaging services. It’s fully encrypted so that all your information (is) safe. But it gives you the ability and comfort to do it at home.
“If people want to talk with someone, we offer a free 24-hour text messaging session using the promo code ‘Let’s diskuss’. So ‘let’s diskuss’ will give you a free opportunity to try the app for 24 hours via text messaging service for anyone who wants to try it out if they need to reach out and talk to someone.
Scherr spoke about his own experience with mental health issues and how he dealt with bullying about his weight and a reading disability.
“You see this image that I portray in real life, this outer shell, but I’m an onion,” Scherr said. “I have diapers. Everybody. Everybody has diapers. I was bullied a lot as a kid because I was a big little kid. A burly little boy. (I) don’t didn’t understand why and then (I) had a reading disability when I was younger, so it was something else.
“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up. My family, we just didn’t. So I’ll wear different clothes and oh, you’re poor and getting bullied. It’s something I think everyone has to deal with. The unfortunate thing is that bullying will never go away.
Scherr said he finds motivation in people who tell him he can’t do something. He recalled how a high school teacher warned him that he would never be anything, so he sent that teacher a signed action figure when Mattel released their first WWE action figure.
“I had teachers who told me I would never achieve anything when I was in high school,” Scherr recalls. “My very first action figure I ever got, I signed and said to this teacher, thank you for everything.
“So I had things like that and people, and that was, that’s still one of the things to this day that pushes me and motivates me, tells me I can’t do something. Like , oh, pa, pa, pa. There are limits to anything. I don’t care even if it rides in a small car, like okay, I’ll prove you wrong.
Using “Titan” as his ring name, Scherr is currently a free agent working in India after being signed to WWE from early 2013 until his release on June 2 last year. He noted how experiences in public and on the internet while with WWE led to social anxiety.
“There were times, even in my career when I was in WWE, where things weren’t going well and I started getting in my head, because you’re constantly verbally harassed through the internet and social media,” Scherr said. “You are attacked from all directions. You go out to dinner and people harass you when you’re here, and I started developing social anxiety because of that.
Scherr is scheduled to reunite with Erick RedBeard (fka Erick Rowan) for a tag team match against nZo and WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray at NEW’s WrestleFest XXVI event on Saturday January 22 in Poughkeepsie, NY. He will also be traveling to Qatar soon to work shows for Qatar Pro Wrestling.
Stay tuned for more from Scherr.
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