The tragedy that took place at Knights Transportation has hit the hearts of so many people around the world, including myself. As a man that has dealt with depression, I can’t help but to think about what was going on in the mind of the gunman, and in the mind of the family that is left behind. It is a wake-up call to those that are willing to answer it. Although we do not know what exactly was going through the mind of the gunman, we can see this as a moment to evaluate some things, especially ourselves.
May is mental health month. Some 43.8 million people (or 1 in 5) in America experiences mental illness in a given year. Many of those are make up the 3.5 million truck drivers that move our world from one place to another. Although I am now the Director of Marketing here at Financial Carrier Services, my educational background is in psychology and counseling. I cannot help but to wonder what steps could have been taken to deal with the stressors the gunman was facing.
Now, don’t take me the wrong way. I’m in no way bashing anyone, nor am I saying that anyone in this situation is to blame. In fact, anytime something like this happens, I see everyone as a victim in some way. It is on my mind, however, because I wonder how many other drivers or those who work in the trucking field are having the same feelings as the gunman.
There is a meme that has been floating around social media that says “Be kind to everyone you meet, for they are fighting a hard battle you know nothing about.”
I know that we’re all tough and strong, but if we are honest, there’s a lot that we hold in and try to deal with. But we don’t have to carry loads that are greater than our limitations. Find someone that you trust and tell them what’s going on. Don’t feel embarrassed; We are all going through some sort of unseen battle. Seek professional help as soon as you can. We love to take matters into our own hands, but the most successful people know that there is a greater power in partnership. We need one another to survive!
Our thoughts, my prayers, and our support are with the families affected, Knights Transportation, and all of those around the world that are hurt like we are by what has transpired.