Editorial: Seeking help

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Monday, May 26, 2014

THE world was shaken last week as another shooting took place in the United States. Although this has happened several times before, the problem has not become any less significant. If we look at the new incident and older ones, however, we see a similarity between the incidents, particularly with the killers.

Seung-Hui Cho of the Virginia Tech Massacre and Elliot Rodger of the recent Isla Vista killings had something in common; they had problems with their mental health. SeungHui-Cho had been found to have actual mental problems and Elliot Rodger held immense hatred for women. Had these issues been addressed by professionals, would these killings have not been carried out? One cannot say for sure, but one can argue that seeing a professional may have helped the troubled youth in their times of need.

One of the things a psychiatrist once said is that the reason why some mental illnesses develop is because people tend to minimize someone's issues, not letting them get professional help with dealing with them in hopes that the person will be able to get over it on their own.


The problem is that some don't realize that seemingly small issues such as misbehavior can develop into serious mental illnesses in the future. That being said, these mental illnesses can lead to these people hurting themselves or even hurting others, just as the two shooters have done.

Although not everybody may have the same violent tendencies the two shooters possessed, the fact remains that emotional stress takes its hold on people and their mental health.

Some can "deal with it," and some have problems that may need them to seek help from professionals. Whichever the case, people with problems need help, either if in the form of a friend or a trained professional.

Dealing with problems is no small feat, no matter how big or small they may be. If you know someone who needs help, help them find it. You may end up saving a life, or even the lives of others.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 27, 2014.


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