So many horrible events have happened in ‘modern’ history.
It seems to me that many of these tragic events have originated from outbursts of uncontrolled or misunderstood rage.
Are tragic events bound to happen in our lifetime? Or could they have been prevented with the influence of counseling? By learning restraint? Perhaps divine or professional intervention?
These are legitimate questions to ask. Since mental health issues are prominent in the news and popular culture today, we should use air time to explore such ideas in exploratory writing and conversation. Shootings occurring on college campuses and high schools can be attributed to bullying and other psychological distress forms. Sometimes the taunting of an aggressive student intimidating his or her peers.
Taunting is vicious.
When taunting occurs, it can have a drastic effect on the ‘bullied’ or object of the taunting. Cruel words and other maligning language and microaggressions are even more offensive.
Abuse takes place in our elementary and high schools. How does bullying impact a person’s person’s life and psychological spirit over the life span?
Violence can be impactful, I believe. Inadequate outlets for frustration and distress can create a lot of repressed emotion. Left without an empathetic source to vent to, an affected person can internalize sorrow into a rage.
The good news is that these problems are treatable if caught early. Suppose a child feels it is safe to tell parents or a teacher what their feelings are concerning intimidations against them. In that case, professional or parental action to mitigate the progression of a potential mental health problem can be put into place and implemented—children faced with bullying are serious. I know in many cases, the intimidations faced by children go unassessed.
The debate on the origins of mental illness rages on in academic circles. Some argue that it is a brain condition, while others believe in life circumstances’ influence on someone’s mental illness. In any case, the implicit need for counseling should be encouraged by influential in a child’s life. No doubt, encouragement can lead to excellent outcomes.
From my experiences in mental health, addressing the problem at its source can prevent further collateral damage. Addressing mental health and mental illness requires honesty and openness to real-life conditions. Concerned parties should be willing to put their guard down and be open to discuss the issue at hand upfront.
Studying societal norms make it evident that prevention is possible to violent tragedies.
#stop the stigma.