Selfless on the court, Chris Ross now spreads mental health awareness

Feb 5, 2019
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

CHRIS Ross hopes he was able to spread awareness about mental health issues after a recent television interview where he brought the subject matter up.

After being hailed as the best player of the game in their 99-91 victory over Barangay Ginebra last January 20, the San Miguel Beermen guard touched on the subject of mental health in the traditional interview after the match.

“Just want to say that there are mental health issues that people go through things,” said Ross in the interview. “If you can, just reach out to a friend because you never know what they are going through. Just go out there and check on people. Mental health issues are serious.”

When asked about the interview, the San Antonio, Texas native said he used the platform as he recently knew someone who was a victim of mental health issues.

“Friend of mine had a friend who passed away recently about it,” Ross said. “Kinda sitting on my mind about a couple of friends back in the States that might be going through the same thing recently. I felt like I can reach out to people because people are suffering in silence and it’s not good to hold on to those emotions.”

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    The 33-year-old Ross hopes he was able to create awareness to mental health as a lot of people are not dealing with their issues.

    “I just want to speak out on it and hopefully, some people will come forward and get help because there are a lot of people who are scared to come out and address their issue. It is a serious issue. I felt like it was the right time and a lot of people watching. I felt like I can reach out to a lot of people,” said Ross.

    Incidentally, the interview came a few days after Razorback drummer Brian Velasco passed away after an apparent suicide, with the family, in a statement, saying that Velasco was undergoing a mental disorder.

    Ross said he was aware of the incident.

    “A lot of people tagged me about it. I have no clue about it but, I mean, I’m sure that wasn’t the only person in the last week or so (who has the same problem). I wished I could have said it earlier and that person would have heard it and reached out. Like I said, you never know what people are going through. Just reach out and let them know that they are not alone. Like I said, you don’t want to have people suffering in silence,” said Ross.

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    Ross is encouraging those who may be suffering from mental health issues to reach out to him, as he expressed his willingness to help out.

    “Hopefully, if people are reading this article and hearing this interview, they can reach out to me on my Twitter account, Instagram account, and I have connections that I can send those people to with regards to getting help."

    "The more, the merrier," he added. "Hopefully, more people can come out and address their issues, even players here in the PBA. Trying to reach as many people as I can. It’s a sensitive subject. People don’t want to be labeled as crazy. Just want them to know that they are not alone and there are a lot of people who are willing to help."

    “If you are suffering from it, just reach out. You can reach out to me. I can point you in the right direction. Hopefully, I can reach as many people as possible,” ended Ross.

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