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Image - Kevin Love
Image - Kevin Love

NBA’s Kevin Love: Championing Mental Health for Everyone

On the surface, it would appear that the Cleveland Cavaliers' star forward Kevin Love has much success in his life. He is a five-time All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Cavaliers in 2016.He was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. national team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. But Kevin Love has also suffered from depression and anxiety for years. He was one of the first NBA players to openly discuss mental health challenges. He first made headlines in March 2018, when he admitted that he had suffered a panic attack during a game that year. He subsequently said that he had always viewed talking about mental health as a “form of weakness that could derail my success in sports.” Yet he has gone on to talk about how he has changed his attitude toward mental health, believing that sharing helps others. In 2018, he established the Kevin Love Fund to provide tools and help for people to improve their physical and emotional well-being, with the goal of assisting more than a billion people over the next 5 years.

Come for a candid and heartfelt conversation with Kevin Love about how depression impacts not only high performers but a wide range of people across age groups and professions, especially during the COVID-era, and what can be done to create more support for those in need. Bring your questions.

Speakers
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Kevin Love
Professional Basketball Player, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Elissa Epel
Ph.D, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
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Raj Mathai
News Anchor, NBC Bay Area—Moderator
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Introduction by Stephen Hinshaw
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco