28-year-old former L.A. Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was arrested on a trespassing charge on Monday after he was found sleeping behind an airport in Key West, FL.
Toles, who had been with the Dodgers as recently as 2018, was homeless with only a backpack in his possession. In an interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Toles' family revealed that he has been suffering from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Morgan Toles, Andrew’s sister, told USA Today that although her brother has a history of erratic behaviour, the real trouble didn’t start until about 18 months ago.
Toles' family had placed him in a mental health facility ,after the end of the 2018 baseball season, but he left after two weeks, and has been in and out of 20 different mental health facilities since then.
Toles' family originally elected to keep his condition a secret from everyone excluding the Dodgers, but now that the world knows about it, Andrew’s father Alvin is relieved that it’s no longer something they have to hide.
There has been an outpouring of support for Toles, especially from some of his former Dodgers teammates.
With young adults, especially college athletes, the statistics are startling: 33% of all college students experience significant symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions. Among that group, 30% seek help. But of college athletes with mental health conditions, only 10% do. Among professional athletes, data shows that up to 35% of elite athletes suffer from a mental health crisis which may manifest as stress, eating disorders, burnout, or depression and anxiety.
If you struggle with mental illness it's okay to seek help.