Love credits DeRozan for mental health conversation

Brandon Parsons
March 8, 2018

At the end of Steve Kerr's media availability before the Golden State Warriors host the Brooklyn Nets, a reporter asked Kerr about Love's article.

Professional athletes tend not to share their vulnerabilities, but Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is speaking out to bring awareness to mental health.

Love went in depth on his mental health and why he now, at age 29, feels comfortable sharing his struggles publicly. The stigma of mental health - that, because it's invisible it's not real - is one that must be combated. Not talking about our inner lives robs us of really getting to know ourselves and robs us of the chance to reach out to others in need.

Love was taken to the hospital during a November 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks with what he described at the time as stomach pain and shortness of breath. In a show of force against the social pressures all men face Love, too, chose to speak out publicly. One of the things that drew me to the school was a slogan of sorts - here you're a name, not a number.

"For 29 years, I thought about mental health as someone else's problem", he said.

Love said that while the panic attack was a wake-up call for him, it was still hard to share his experience at first.

Love says he was stricken with anxiety November 5 during a home game against the Atlanta Hawks.

"It came out of nowhere", Love wrote in The Player's Tribune.

I gathered myself, thanked my classmate and lied that I was already feeling much better. Inevitably, you'll hear I'm done just as you step into the other room.

One of the reasons I wanted to write this comes from reading DeMar's comments last week about depression.

"I admire his willingness to come out and talk about something that's an issue for a lot of people", Kerr said. "Today, I've realized I need to change that".

But that's now exactly the opposite what he's doing.

Love's allowing himself to be vulnerable is a source of inspiration to many.

If you've ever experienced mental illness, talk about it and be open.

Love wrote that while he freely shared this thoughts about basketball, he shared little to nothing about what was going on inside of him. It's just...we're human beings.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that between 2013 and 2016, 8.1 percent of American adults 20 years old and older had depression in a given two-week period. "I'm trying to be good to the people in my life".

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love reacts to a foul call during the second half against the Chicago Bulls on December 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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