Kevin Love, who has been the biggest advocate for mental health issues, continues to speak out on his depression. In 2012, while playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, contemplated suicide. NBC NBA provides the full quote:
The future started to feel meaningless. And when it gets to the point where you lose hope, that’s when the only thing you can think about is, “How can I make this pain go away?”
I don’t think I have to say much more than that.
Even though Kevin Love said he didn’t have much more, he did continue on.
When you get to that point and it’s day after day being the same, you come to a point where the darkest moments come into play and suicidal thoughts come into play. And you start planning it out and what would be the route you would take. And those are really scary moments in my 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. There was a couple ways that I toyed with, but it was just scary to get down that route and think about the idea of taking my own life. But it was something that crossed my mind pretty often, especially when you’re in a moment like that.
When asked if Kevin Love ever attempted suicide, he said no. Does Kevin Love still have suicidal thought? Love:
If you’ve been down that road – and I don’t know if whoever’s gonna watch this has had those thoughts before – I think it does cross your mind. And I’ve just learned to speak my truth, honestly. I’ve learned that nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say. So, me keeping that in is actually more harmful. So, I think that’s been the biggest and most helpful thing for me is exposing it, understanding that it is going to make me vulnerable and maybe put me in a spot where for most people it could be tough. But I know that there’s a whole group and strength in numbers out there of people that are dealing with it. And if we have more people that pay it forward – like we’ve seen across a number of sports, a number of walks of life – that’s going to be better.
Suicide and mental health is a common issue in the United States today. Personally, I would just like to say that if you are ever having these thoughts, I love you. Even if I don’t know you, I love you, you are loved. If you ever need to talk, reach out to me on Twitter @VendettaCoach. I love you, stay safe, please take care of your mental health.