Dealing with the Mentally Ill

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                    When I lived in Seoul, one thing I came across were a number of students in my 
English classes who had serious mental problems. They were either slow, or they were very, very
good at learning English but talked almost non-sensical outside of class. Other students explained
that they were on powerful medications for their condition, and that they may have suffered a mental
breakdown due to extreme stress at work, an unhappy relationship, family problems, or the death of
a loved one. These things I have seen back in the United States as well. One of the saddest things
in life is the fact that some people snap and may have suffered serious mental trauma that makes them
either unable to deal with life or be far from rational. Normally such people are harmless and are no
threat to anyone. Sometimes though, they can become a threat to themselves or to others. There was
one person I knew who had snapped and who committed suicide. It was a very tragic circumstance for
his family. Another case was a lady my wife knew who had lost her husband (he died in a tragic accident)
and was never the same again. To this day she has to take a variety of medications to prevent her from
suffering serious depression and having suicidal tendencies. In the case of a man named Stephen
Paddock, he decided to kill innocent people. He did succeed in killing 59 people and wounding 500
more. Had emergency and police not responded sooner he might have killed way more. As I have
learned from experience, mental illness is not easily detectable, and a person might seem more or
less normal in everyday life. Unless someone has frequent or intimate contact with them then it is
likely that most people may be unaware of what a mentally ill person might do (or that a person is
mentally ill at all). This was equally the case of Kim Dae-han who started the fire in a Daegu subway
that killed 192 people. The truly sad thing is that even with all the advancements that have been
made in helping the mentally ill, there is still so much we have yet to do.