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What an amazing read that article was. And what an amazing article written by someone
who I would not have expected it from. I am a massive sports fan; I spend a large amount of
my free time following college and professional baseball, football, basketball, and soccer. I
don't only keep up with the scores and current happenings, but I read and watch a lot about
the history of specific games, teams, and players. Kevin Love couldn't be more accurate
with his statement that high level athletes, males especially, are expected to suppress any
personal feelings and answer the bell every practice and every game. There is an
expectation to always be physically and mentally strong, as well as an accompanying desire
to not be seen as weak by teammates, coaches, and fans. I really liked when Love wrote
that his biggest takeaway wasn't about the fact he went to see a therapist. It was actually
about confronting the reality that he needed help. This resonated so much with me because
overcoming your biggest mental obstacles doesn't have to be one massive undertaking, but
rather a journey of baby steps which begins with the understanding that it would be a good
idea to seek help.
One experience I can relate to personally is the huge weight of not just being a college
student but a pre-med student. A student with expectations from family members and
friends of turning into a successful physician someday. I feel like there is a perception that
this population is always organized, responsible, and put together both academically and
psychologically. This is at least what I have experienced. However, this is definitely not the
case; there are days and sometimes weeks when I feel like I desperately need to tell people
how I feel, but am too ashamed because I don't want to ruin their opinions of me. I can say
with certainty that there are other pre-med students who are scared to have conversations
about their mental health or question their career choice because they don't want their
friends and family to be disappointed in them.
Kevin Love said it best in that reducing the stigma around this issue isn't necessarily about
sharing your deepest secrets. It's about "creating a better environment for talking about
mental health". By normalizing these conversations, we allow other people to feel more
comfortable opening up and seeking help if they need it. And by doing that, we gradually
create a society where no one has to suppress their inner struggles.

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