Daniel Ricciardo Speaks about Depression and Becomes Mental Health Ambassador

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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Depression and other mental health issues should not be a taboo subject in this day and age, but they continue to struggle to gain the exposure that they require in the public domain. Red Bull’s Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo has bucked the trend and spoken out, becoming a mental health ambassador in the process.

Ricciardo revealed that his perspective regarding depression and mental health has been enriched through helping out Stefani Caminiti, a lifelong friend who has battled and overcome these issues. The smiling assassin on-track has become an ambassador for the Inner Ninja Foundation, which encourages people to seek out help regarding these issues.

Daniel Ricciardo explained the importance of mental health awareness and why he has taken on the role of ambassador for the Inner Ninja Foundation.

“I’ve got some friends who have gone through some stuff. There are a few people who have been closer to me so I’m trying to do my little part if I can and help out.

To be honest it’s something that is quite new me to me in terms of my understanding of it all. Only within the last six or so months I’ve lets say opened my eyes to it a bit more. It’s not something that many people talk about but it happens and it’s a big problem to a lot of people.

It’s a big fight overcoming such a thing so I think the more people that have some of these issues, we’re trying to say get it out there and address it.

And don’t let things bottle up for too long and make a small problem turn into a big one.”

– Daniel Ricciardo

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 13: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing sits in his car in the garage before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 13: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing sits in his car in the garage before the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Ricciardo gets massive respect for helping the Inner Ninja Foundation raise awareness and his presence as an ambassador will work wonders in helping the message spread.

Founder of the Inner Ninja Foundation and Aussie champion of mental health Stefani Caminiti told us that,

“The Inner Ninja Foundation’s main objectives are to develop and implement programs into the community that promote mental wellness, emotional resilience and suicide prevention – Sharing lived experience voices and stories. The best advocates are people who have lived and battled with mental illnesses.
Having Daniel Ricciardo as an ambassador means we promote positive mental wellness on an extremely large scale and also shows the public that mental wellness is a topic that needs to be spoken about.”
– Stefani Caminiti
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing at the Red Bull Racing team photo during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing at the Red Bull Racing team photo during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Ricciardo has clearly found his inner ninja in the cockpit, but Stefani’s efforts are to bring out the Inner Ninja in those that need it the most.