In this day in age, speaking publicly on the likes of mental health is a slippery slope and this past week the head coach of Flyquest found himself descending on this slope following his comments on depression.
Brandon “Saintvicious” DiMarco was streaming whenever he was discussing depression, anxiety and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and stated that he believed it’s “made up b*******”.
Following the incident, he attempted to backtrack on this statement, obviously understanding how damaging comments like this could be to his career and claimed that he had previously suffered from mental health conditions in the past.
Saintvicious has since officially resigned from his head coach position of Esports organisation Flyquest after receiving a severe amount of backlash and angry reactions to the comments he made. The outrage is understandable as some of his viewers may suffer from these conditions and speaking on them in such a negative light is disrespectful.
On Sunday past he released a statement and offers an apology for his actions:
“I said some seriously inconsiderate thing on my stream yesterday, I said that mental issues were exaggerated and that people suffering from those issues should be able to overcome it on their own”
Mental health issues are common within the gaming and Esports industries, people of influence shouldn’t be speaking in such a way to fans and implying that these issues can be fixed solely by the person suffering alone is rather ignorant. He continued his statement and acknowledges that he was uneducated on the matter:
“This was an ignorant statement from my severe lack of subject matter knowledge. I was surprised to realize just how uninformed I was regarding mental health, especially because it is an important part of my responsibility as a coach.”
He also mentions how he hopes you can use this experience to learn and build as an individual to “become an advocate for mental health issues”, this is all well and good but the likelihood of him landing another coaching position in professional League of Legends is low for the foreseeable future.