Are We Making People Become Mentally ill?

Mental illness has become a major problem in today’s society. Some conditions formerly thought to be not that serious such as bipolar and depression have been found to cause people to do things in an extremely irrational manner. Mental problems in people have been attributed to cause mass shootings and terror.

Are we making people become mentally ill by our behavior toward them? A very disturbing piece was aired on the sports news about an NFL pro football player who was treated badly by his fellow teammates to the point where he left and went home to try and cope with the extreme distress he was feeling. It was reported that he had suffered several incidences of unkindness from other members of his team, but the last straw seemed to be when a group of them invited him to sit with them at a table where they were seated for lunch. Possibly feeling jubilant that they were finally accepting him, he went to sit with them whereupon the rest of the team immediately got up and left. They may have thought it was a funny practical joke, but their actions caused great harm.

I had not been aware of the situation and do not know the player’s name, but it does seem totally unconscionable that such a thing would happen. This was done by grown men who are well educated and successful. They most certainly should have known better, and there is no excuse for their treatment of a fellow teammate who should be looked after and nurtured instead of being bullied and disrespected.

Bullying is not reserved for the young children in grade school, middle school, or high school. It seems to be a problem throughout society. The unbelievably sad stories of young people who commit suicide because of bullying are too numerous for what should be a civilized society. When children in high school and younger as well as young adults in college or in the military resort to ending their lives because of bullying and harassment from their peers, it is time to take action and do something.

People can and should be kinder to their fellowmen. There is no reason to make someone’s life miserable. Life is hard enough without people unwittingly causing more problems knowingly and with malice toward someone. There should be no reason for people on the same team to be mean and hateful to one of their own. They have enough opponents. They should be considerate and kind to those who are closely associated with them on the same team and for the same purposes.

When someone does feel bullied or suffers from stress and depression, there are people and means to find help. There are people trained to help people cope with the trials of life. Doctors and counselors could be consulted. There are products which are said to help with stress and depression. Finding solutions are important for the health and well being of everyone who faces depression which could lead to mental issues. People should be helping people instead of hurting each other. We should do our part to assist those around us rather than causing problems for them.

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