The world of sports has made a concerted effort of spreading mental health awareness, with a specific focus on anxiety and depression and a pair of former Toronto sports stars led the charge on World Mental Health Day.
DeMar DeRozan, who has been open about his battle with depression in recent years, tweeted his support for Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love and his foundation. Love recently revealed that he’s suffered from social anxiety and went through panic attacks during games.
Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay. There should be zero shame or stigma for anyone working to make their mental health a priority. Shoutout to my bro @kevinlove for the work he’s doing with @kevinlovefund. Support @kevinlovefund here: https://t.co/ysnOpGBF2x pic.twitter.com/r1ye013BAY— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 10, 2019
Nazem Kadri, now with the Colorado Avalanche, also posted from his foundation’s Twitter account with a message promoting general good will towards others.
Today the world hears the cries of those that cry in silent. The ones that might not say they are doing bad or that they are feeling down. Today we, the ones that believe we feel great need make sure that everyone we know is cared for.— nazemkadrifoundation (@KadriFoundation) October 10, 2019
DeRozan and Kadri weren’t alone in their efforts, as Love and tennis star Sloane Stephens also spoke up in support of the day’s initiative.
It’s becoming increasingly important to be cognizant of mental health issues and DeRozan and Kadri ought to receive full credit for reducing the stigma around anxiety, depression and other illnesses that affect people from all walks of life. There’s nothing more courageous than speaking up and we applaud them both for their work.
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