In light of World Mental Health Day 2018 that took place on October 10th, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love donated a year-long subscription of Headspace—an app dedicated to guiding users in meditation and mindfulness—to his alma mater UCLA’s student athletes and coaches. He has also announced his partnership with Shick Hydro on “Locker Room Talk,” a web series that will document candid conversations with other professional athletes to shine a light on masculinity issues faced by all men. With no topic off limits, Love believes that “Locker Room Talk” is an important step in his own personal development with a natural progression towards a broader platform for his cause against stigmas around mental health. The series’ first episode on November 5th featured 23-time gold medal winner Michael Phelps.
Love has fervently embraced his advocacy role for mental health awareness since November 2017, when he experienced a panic attack during a game against the Atlanta Hawks. He opened up to the public about his long-term battle with anxiety and depression in a penned op-ed article in the Players’ Tribune entitled “ Everyone is Going Through Something.” He has since been nothing short of a determined advocate to end the stigma around mental health issues. He started the Kevin Love Fund, a foundation dedicated to inspiring people to live their healthiest lives by encouraging physical and emotional well-being.
Love describes his role in mental health awareness as his “life’s work” and is determined to continue advocating for those suffering with mental health issues well after his basketball career. Many people assume that, as a professional athlete, his struggle with depression is invalid as his fame and money can get him anything in the world. Love’s vulnerability, openness and honesty has been tremendous in inspiring all people, regardless of social standing or tax bracket, to seek help in their fight against mental health issues. His bravery despite his initial fear of embarrassment has gotten him the help he needs and encourages others to do the same.