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Kevin Love opens up about pandemic’s impact on his mental health

Kevin Love has been a courageous and inspirational voice in raising mental health awareness ever since he suffered an anxiety attack a few seasons ago.

The Cleveland Cavaliers star’s efforts to destigmatize mental health issues continued this week with a powerful essay penned for The Players’ Tribune.

Published Thursday and titled, “To Anybody Going Through It,” Love’s piece explores how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has personally impacted him and his mental health.

“Even after all the work I’ve tried to do on myself over the last two-and-a-half years, some days are just brutal,” Love writes.

With the Cavaliers left out of the resumption of play at the NBA bubble located at the Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Love has not played basketball in about six months.

The lengthy layoff has had a negative effect on Love, as he explains in the essay that the game of basketball is how he defines himself in some respects.

“Way before I was in the NBA or even in college, my self-worth was all about performing,” Love writes. “I was what I did, which I think a lot of people can relate to, whether they’re a chef or a lawyer or a nurse or whatever the profession. I just happened to play basketball.

When I wasn’t performing, I didn’t feel like I was succeeding as a person.”

Love’s passionate advocacy for mental health awareness began shortly after he suffered a panic attack in November 2017. He later penned the essay about the incident and its aftermath for The Players’ Tribune.

The Cavs star’s most recent essay follows how he spoke out at the pandemic’s onset this spring about how the current crisis can exacerbate preexisting mental health conditions as well as lead to new issues to arise.

Love was also one of the first NBA stars to come forward to help alleviate the financial burden the league’s hiatus had upon arena workers and other employees who depend on the teams to earn an income.