Cleveland Cavaliers Power Forward Kevin Love opened up about a panic attack that he suffered last year during a basketball game. Mental health is coming into its own as a major social and political issue but it has not been discussed at all in the context of sports. We all go through things in our lives but we seem to look up to celebrities and athletes and put them on a pedestal in some ways. Sometime we let ourselves believe that their money, power and influence somehow translate to a problem free life. However, the NBA All-Star makes it very clear that everyone is going through something that we can’t see.
Today, I’ve realized I need to change that. I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what’s happened since. If you’re suffering silently like I was, then you know how it can feel like nobody really gets it. Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.
In today’s environment, it is extremely important to recognize that Love’s point is nothing but the truth. We must all be willing to discuss our feelings and seek help when necessary. The “boys don’t cry” and “boys should not talk about their feelings” eras are over.
Love’s take on the subject is not only deeply personal, it also highlights the importance of mental health in general and in the context of sports.