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July 25, 2018 (Cleveland, OHIO) – Cleveland Cavaliers player Kevin Love is becoming well-known for much more than his skills on the basketball court. The star forward is being applauded on a national scale for his courage to open up about his battle with depression and anxiety.
Locally, he is being acknowledged by Recovery Resources. The agency will honor Love with the 2018 Bronze Key Award for his willingness to come forward about his mental illness. The Bronze Key Award acknowledges a person/organization who champions support for those diagnosed with mental illness and/or addiction through action.
Love first spoke out in an article he wrote for The Players’ Tribune. After suffering from a panic attack during a November game, he decided to seek help for his anxiety and depression. Since the article was posted, Love has become extremely vocal about his mental illness and is working hard to break the negative stigma that surrounds mental health.
“Everyone is going through something that we can’t see. 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. So if you’re reading this and you’re having a hard time, no matter how big or small it seems to you, I want to remind you that you’re not weird or different for sharing what you’re going through. Just the opposite. It could be the most important thing you do. It was for me,” said Love in his Player’s Tribune article.
Read Love’s full article here: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en-us/articles/kevin-love-everyone-is-going-through-something
Throughout the month of May, nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, Love appeared in several Mental Wellness PSAs, alongside Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan.
“I think everyone walks around with something you can’t see. The best thing that I did was to come out and say, ‘Hey look, I need some help’,” said Love in NBA’s Mental Wellness PSA.
Join Recovery Resources for the Rockin’ To Recovery Bronze Key Gala on November 3 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as we recognize Kevin Love for bringing national attention to a disease that affects 1 in 4 adults.
Find out more information about the Rockin’ To Recovery Bronze Key Gala and purchase tickets at recres.org/BronzeKey.