Northern Neighbour
This deserves its own thread given the importance of the issue plus provides additional insights into the team’s All-Star SG.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/raptors/2018/02/25/raptors-derozan-hopes-honest-talk-on-depression-helps-others.html
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ZanTheMan
Very courageous of DD to speak out like this, and I can sympathize having suffered from various forms of depression during my own life. It's important to remember the players aren't perfect stat-producing robots but actual human beings and yet another reminder money and fame can't buy you happiness.

So props to you Demar for shedding some light on this important issue. As a fanbase we are very fortunate to have DD as our face of the franchise, such a class act.
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DocHolliday
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March 5, 2018 | 3:37 pm EST Update
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David Aldridge: What have you heard from folks since you sent that tweet out? DeMar DeRozan: Man, where haven’t I heard from? Honestly, the response, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have even thought how the response, how it came out, I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever gotten anything like that. Especially me. I’ve never been one who wanted any type of attention, good nor bad. The response I got from people was so uplifting, positive, refreshing. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. But it made me feel good. You just look at certain things. People say ‘you helped me. Because if you’re going through something like this, I can get through it.’ It’s incredible. By far one of the most incredible things in my career that I’ve witnessed outside of basketball.
 
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David Aldridge: So you could be a role model in a whole different way. DeMar DeRozan: For sure. I never looked at myself and said ‘man, I want to be a role model.’ But something like that is extremely important. It’s all walks of life. I done had high school players, college players, older people. I had one older coach that I’ve known text me and tell me, ‘if there was a player when I was young that I’d seen or witnessed who was going through something (like this), it would have helped me — then — not be an alcoholic.’ It was incredible to hear words like that. It’s been one of them things where I’m like, ‘damn, I’m just speaking the truth.’ It’s crazy.
 
– via NBA.com
David Aldridge: How do you know when you’re all locked in? DeMar DeRozan: You just know. I always look at my guy Kyle, and you know he’s gonna ride or die with you. But it’s crazy when you’re able to look over at a guy like Pascal Siakam, or Fred Van Vleet, or Delon Wright, these young guys who only have a couple of years in the league, they’ve got the same look that Kyle’s got. That says a lot about the team. Because you know when those young guys go in, they’re some dogs, too. That’s the beauty of it, and it shows.
 
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DanH
Kevin Love just wrote a players tribune article about the same stuff saying DeMar's comments inspired him to do so.  DeMar really leading the way with the mental health discussion, good for him.
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DocHolliday
DanH wrote:
Kevin Love just wrote a players tribune article about the same stuff saying DeMar's comments inspired him to do so.  DeMar really leading the way with the mental health discussion, good for him.


Was just going to post some of Love's comments and DDR's influence.

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March 6, 2018 | 12:01 pm EST Update
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Kevin Love: On November 5th, right after halftime against the Hawks, I had a panic attack. It came out of nowhere. I’d never had one before. I didn’t even know if they were real. But it was real — as real as a broken hand or a sprained ankle. Since that day, almost everything about the way I think about my mental health has changed.
 
Storyline: Kevin Love Health
Kevin Love: I’ve never been comfortable sharing much about myself. I turned 29 in September and for pretty much 29 years of my life I have been protective about anything and everything in my inner life. I was comfortable talking about basketball — but that came natural. It was much harder to share personal stuff, and looking back now I know I could have really benefited from having someone to talk to over the years. But I didn’t share — not to my family, not to my best friends, not in public. Today, I’ve realized I need to change that. I want to share some of my thoughts about my panic attack and what’s happened since. If you’re suffering silently like I was, then you know how it can feel like nobody really gets it. Partly, I want to do it for me, but mostly, I want to do it because people don’t talk about mental health enough. And men and boys are probably the farthest behind.
 
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Kevin Love: One of the reasons I wanted to write this comes from reading DeMar’s comments last week about depression. I’ve played against DeMar for years, but I never could’ve guessed that he was struggling with anything. It really makes you think about how we are all walking around with experiences and struggles — all kinds of things — and we sometimes think we’re the only ones going through them. The reality is that we probably have a lot in common with what our friends and colleagues and neighbors are dealing with. So I’m not saying everyone should share all their deepest secrets — not everything should be public and it’s every person’s choice. But creating a better environment for talking about mental health … that’s where we need to get to.
 



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LKeet6
^yep, just read the same thing, made me feel proud. It made the sports news over here, so the whole thing, love included, is getting some traction.

I know a few people (usually seems to be women, for some reason,) who have suffered from panic attacks, and i've seen them a couple of times, NOT pleasant...
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