This is why Love has spent much of its self-isolation giving back, either by making a donation to the workers in the team arena who found themselves unemployed or by organizing meal deliveries to the Cleveland Clinic.
Of his $ 100,000 donation to help pay the Quickens Loans Arena employees who have been out of work since the NBA season suspension, Love told Harlow: “I was just thinking about this anxiety of maybe not seeing your next paycheck. I know a number of them (the staff) on a first name basis, and I just thought it was very important to just help ease some of the stress they could have felt. “
And the NBA champion also said it was good for him: “At least for me, a form of therapy or feeling better is just doing acts of kindness.”
For Love, mental health is an under-discussed subject in American life and a problem that will be exacerbated by the pandemic. His 2018 Players Tribune article “Everyone Goes Through Something” was a major turning point for the California native in an ongoing battle against anxiety and depression.
Since then, Love has used his platform as an elite NBA player to continually bring mental health to the fore of the minds of his supporters. The attacker often notes that he is not an expert on the subject, but his personal battles give him a perspective to share that could help other people to solve similar problems.
And for the quintuple All-Star, the coronavirus pandemic is a chance to advance the debate on mental health, in particular because of the instability it has caused everyone. “It is going to be very important that we have the tools … because certain terms and patterns are broken in the way we talk about it,” he said.
To love, the tools include things like access to therapy and mental health education. This includes, he says, helping communities often without these resources.
“It’s not just about, you know, taking that curve and making sure it drops … but also in underserved areas, making sure everyone has an equal chance. Everyone has a fair chance to stay healthy, live and reach their potential. ”
Love also highlighted the disparity in deaths from COVID-19 in the African American community, expressing hopes that the pandemic will shed light on inequalities in access to medical care: “We have to get out of this change. I feel that there is a lot of good that can come from it and that can be revealing. ”
In addition to giving money and highlighting the underlying issues of mental health treatment and access, Love also reaches out in other ways. He recently wrote another piece in the Players Tribune, sharing how he remains physically and mentally healthy during his self-isolation – whether watching old movies or exercising.
And he uses social media, recently posted a message on Instagram to encourage his followers to reach out to others to help fight loneliness. Looking at the camera, Love cited studies showing that loneliness had health effects similar to problems such as obesity and smoking.
With his work in progress to combat the stigma of mental health issues, the Cavaliers striker hopes that the nation and the world will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic with a better understanding of things like anxiety and depression. “It’s really a pandemic that no one is talking about,” he noted. “I can’t really put my finger on something that is a greater thief of human potential. So it’s incredibly important that we keep talking and talking about stigma.”