NBA Confessions Reveal People's Bad Attitude Toward Mental Health
2020 has been tough on people’s mental health. Not only does the ongoing pandemic present a physical health threat, but the strict social distancing measures it’s precipitated have starved us of human contact, exacerbating our woes.
A trend that’s seen growing momentum, particularly in 2020 where mental health has become such a priority, is professional athletes being more open about their mental health. For better or for worse, athletes are role models – so to see some of the biggest names in world sports; some of the most physically fit and successful human beings alive, share their challenges with mental health, is an incredible source of inspiration and relief.
Earlier this week for World Mental Health Day, NBA-focused Instagram blog Playmaker shared a collection of quotes from a variety of different male athletes – from NBA superstars to even Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Michael Phelps (the most decorated Olympian of all time) – all of whom have struggled with their mental health, even while being at the pointy end of human performance.
Quotes included, “I remember sitting in my room for days not wanting to be alive. That was a struggle for me. I reached the point where I finally realized I couldn’t do it alone,” (Michael Phelps).
“I underestimated mental health. I had anxiety, a little bit of depression, from being locked in the bubble. I just wasn’t here, I was checked out. Games 2,3,4, I wasn’t there,” (Paul George).
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