On September 17, 2020, NBA player Kevin Love released an article on The Player’s Tribune titled “To Anybody Going Through It.” In this incredibly honest, vulnerable and boundary-breaking depiction of his struggle with mental illness (particularly depression and anxiety), Love normalizes the human experience and the difficult emotions we all sometimes face. He speaks about what it was like to have a public panic attack and to experience suicidal ideation. He emphasizes the importance of talking to someone and asking for help. He talks about self-worth, stigma, shame and hope. Though he is certainly not the first male figure to go public about his mental health struggles (and this is not his first time doing so, either), this account of his experience is particularly heart-wrenching, yet immensely inspiring. A few themes in stuck out to me while reading this piece:

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