I’ve tried, for the last few hours (since waking up) to write something, but my morning has been engulfed by report after report on the tv.
By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the shooting that occurred overnight in Colorado at the midnight showing of the latest Batman film. If you haven’t, turn on the television -I know it is being talked about here on (literally) every channel.
As I’ve watched the reactions from folks I know in Colorado, people on facebook, twitter, and the like I have began feeling overwhelmed with the anger and sadness that spans the country.
All I seem to be able to think about, though, is what must have been going through the head of the young man that did this.
Could mental illness be a factor here?
I mean, there have already been reports by witnesses that said he claimed he was the Joker, which is exactly the sort of delusional claim I would expect from someone who would commit a crime like this.
And this is what tends to upset me, because I know that doesn’t change what he did, but I think it should change the way we look at it.
I also know that many people who begin having problems with mental health are terrified to seek help because of the way mental illness is perceived in our country. If that was the case here, and that fear is what created an avalanche of issues that triggered this event, I think we all have something to regret.
I know this is all speculation at this point, but this is straight where my thoughts have gone.
I think each and every one of us has a responsibility to seek help if we become emotionally overwhelmed or notice changes in our mental health.
In the long run, that one step may save the lives of ourselves or others.