I wrote about mental health late last year. I’d like to write about it again.
I was going through a bad bout of depression in 2017 and early 2018. Thankfully, I discovered that it was due to the medication I was taking, medication I have since stopped taking. I am feeling much better.
I’m also quite happy to see that some public figures have taken the initiative to start talking about depression. It is something that should not be stigmatized or bottled up. It is not something that should make you feel ashamed. It is a part of life.
DeMar DeRozan, a star forward for the Toronto Raptors, recently opened up about his struggles with depression and discussed in-depth what it felt like, what it did to him and how he was dealing with it. This inspired Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers to open up about the panic attack he had suffered in a game and his motivation to go see a psychologist. Kelly Oubre, Jr. a swingman with the Washington Wizards, also talked about the anxiety he deals with that stems from his childhood.
It’s not just the basketball players in terms of the sports figures who are discussing this issue. Baseball players are talking about it as well. And this should not be limited to athletes, the more people talk about dealing with mental health issues, the better.
You don’t know who is there to support you if you ask. Don’t be afraid to ask. It doesn’t have to be someone close to you: there are entire networks of individuals waiting to help you get the help you need.
If you or someone you know is feeling depressed and has suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also visit them online.
Don’t be afraid to give people the encouragement they need to help themselves. Ultimately they must take that step alone, but you can always be there for them.