Colorado Shooting Witness Shares Struggle With Depression: ‘There Is Hope Out There’
On Monday, ten people were murdered in a mass shooting at a King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado – the second such incident to occur within the past week.
Ryan Borowski, one of the witnesses who managed to escape unharmed, spoke to CNN’s Don Lemon on Monday evening about his struggle with depression. He stressed how important it is for people to take responsibility for their mental health so that it does not manifest into violence or self-destruction – because the government cannot be relied upon to keep us safe.
“We’re so far from the government coming in and solving anything with a gun policy, but every single individual has a right to deal with, and a responsibility to deal with their own mental state,” said Borowski. “I don’t own a gun because sometimes I’m too depressed to think about what it would be like to own a gun and to be depressed. And I think there needs to be just, encouragement for people to self-reflect, to meditate, to do what it takes to deal with their demons. I’m not religious. I don’t believe in demons. I think that people need to deal with their real human problems in whatever human way they can because if they don’t it just ends up in some terrible act of violence like I saw today.”
“You seem like someone knowing what people should deal with, someone who is fairly mentally healthy because not all people believe in therapy and the things that you’re saying. Will you get help after this?” Lemon asked.
“To be blunt I’ve kinda been ghosting my therapist lately,” replied Borowski.
“We’ve all been there, we’ve all been there,” Lemon chuckled.
“I texted her as soon as I got home so I could get a session, because, you know, I walked home from the scene of the crime – a two-and-a-half-hour walk – I ran some, I screamed some, I just did silly things,” Borowski said.
“But you know it’s gonna take whatever it takes, and to other people out there going through things, I’ve been through dark nights in the soul, so, I know that there’s another end to these things, and not to make it too political but there was an end to the Trump presidency too and that cheered me up a little bit. So there is hope out there, and things change, and it’s up to the individual to work on his or herself so that they can see another day without self-destruction,” Borowski added.
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