Kevin Love still thinks about committing suicide11/18/2020
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has openly discussed his battles with anxiety and depression, and the five-time All-Star admitted this week that he still thinks about committing suicide.
Love, who first detailed his personal struggles in a letter to The Players’ Tribune in September, said on “In Depth with Graham Bensinger” that he hopes to help others combat mental health issues by being open about his own ongoing struggles and through his work with his The Kevin Love Fund foundation.
“If whoever’s gonna watch this who has had those thoughts before, I think it does cross your mind and I’ve just learned to speak my truth, honestly,” Love said during the interview. “I’ve learned that, you know, nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say. So me keeping that in is actually more harmful.”
The 32-year-old Love also described his “low point” with depression in 2012, when he researched ways to take his life.
“I had a number of ways … the good thing that happens is when you do search that, it comes up with the national suicide prevention line,” Love said. “There were a couple ways that I toyed with, but it was just scary to get down that route and think about the idea of, you know, taking my own life.
“I’ve obviously had days that I really do struggle, I suffer a lot from impostor theory, as well. Like, I sometimes don’t feel deserving. I don’t feel like I’m worthy of what I’ve accomplished, or the success I’ve had, and a lot of times I feel like a fraud, because I don’t feel like I’ve achieved enough.”
Love and the Cavaliers did not participate in the NBA bubble over the summer, but he added that several NBA players reached out to him about the difficulties of being away from their families.
“I talked to a number of players, you know that were actually reaching out for help or trying to get with the team therapist that everybody has on the team,” Love said. “And you know, thankfully, not only at [the Kevin Love Fund], but through the NBA [Players Association], we kind of have the resources now.
“Which, I’m hoping will continue to grow and keep pushing that. You know what therapy’s like, ‘Hey listen, I’m open to it, this has been a tough time for me, I’m away from my family.’ Because they weren’t to even have family members until, I believe, seven weeks in. It’s only one person, people missed their kids. You know, not able to go home. And it was taking a toll not only on the physical component but really from a mental side, too.”
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