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Cavaliers' Kevin Love paves way for progress in mental health

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On Tuesday, Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love decided to break that trend. In an article he wrote in the Players Tribune, Love opened up about his mental health and his first experience with a panic attack. On Tuesday, Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love decided to break that trend. In an article he wrote in the Players Tribune, Love opened up about his mental health and his first experience with a panic attack.
Schoenhofer said in past generations, mental health was never talked about, but in recent years dialogue has been progressing. Schoenhofer said in past generations, mental health was never talked about, but in recent years dialogue has been progressing.

In terms of mental health, the status quo historically has been to not talk about it. On Tuesday, Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Kevin Love decided to break that trend. In an article he wrote in the Players' Tribune, Love opened up about his mental health and his first experience with a panic attack, which occurred in the middle of a game last November.

"Any sports figure, especially male sports figure, coming out and admitting something that looks like a sign of weakness, it’s really astounding that he was able to share his own personal struggles," said Michael Schoenhofer, executive director of Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin Counties. "That takes a lot of courage to do that."

Schoenhofer said in past generations, mental health was never talked about, but in recent years dialogue has been progressing. Love stated he decided to write the article after fellow National Basketball Association player DeMar DeRozan came out to say he struggles with depression.

Since Love’s panic attack, he mentioned he has started seeing a therapist on a regular basis. Ohio Northern University Men’s Basketball Coach Rich Bensman understands the pressures an athlete faces. He believes Love has proven what it takes to change the status quo.

"He mentions in there, a few times, of another NBA player that he didn’t know that he was maybe a little depressed," said Bensman. "Now that he’s come out, he’s kind of communicated some things, there’s a little more help involved. I think communication is very important on things like that. We talk about that a lot here."

Schoenhofer said men are nurtured differently. They are raised with the stereotypes of having to be strong and show no pain. He said of suicide deaths, the majority are men. According to the Ohio Violent Death Reporting System, in 2014, 78 percent of suicides were males.

"It gives all of us more confidence to say look, if Kevin Love, he’s a big basketball guy making money, making millions of dollars, you know maybe I can do it too. I can talk about my own mental illness too," Schoenhofer said.

For those that may still be uncomfortable talking to somebody in person or over even over the phone, you can text the mental health and recovery services board at 741 741.

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