On November 7, 2013, the world got to know Jonathan Martin, an NFL player who courageously admitted to being bullied, and was having emotional issues as a result. Now, another professional athlete, whose name is coincidentally Jonathan Trott, reveals that he is also having mental health issues. Trott has decided to take a break from playing on England’s cricket team due to ‘stress-related illness.” His statement has sent shockwaves throughout the world, and has garnered a lot of attention.
Jonathan Trott, whose real name is Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott, was born on April 22, 1981 in Capetown, South Africa. His family is of English descent and he is an English test cricketer. I am not privy to any of Mr. Trott’s mental medical records; hence, I can only speculate that he might have been struggling with his illness for a long time because he made such an abrupt announcement.
Cricket is a sport I love dearly, but it takes a lot of mental focus and stability to play the game, especially if a person is a batsman. If anyone is playing cricket or any other sport and feels that they cannot function at their optimal level as a result of psychological or physical issues, then the best decision is to take a leave of absence. Cricket involves and relies on teamwork to win. Trott must have been pondering this decision for a long time since his decision will have a major impact on his team.
I am glad that Jonathan Trott has admitted to having a “stress related problem.” I have the utmost respect for Trott since he is increasing awareness of mental health issues. He could have continued to pretend and hide his true feelings, but one can only bear so much. Bringing light to things that are hidden in darkness can be a good thing and can help a person deal with any issues. Having good mental well-being is very important.
In a sport such as cricket, which is dominated by males, it takes “guts” to admit to having a mental health issue. He should be applauded and not ridiculed by anyone. Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. I hope that by Trott’s admission, he will help to break the stigma of mental illness. Once again, I want to encourage all men to speak out about their emotions. You are only human! “There is no health without mental health.” I sincerely wish Jonathan Trott a speedy recovery.
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