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Cavaliers' Kevin Love Shares Mental Health Tips to Help During COVID-19 Pandemic

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 7, 2020

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love celebrates in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tony Dejak/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opened up about what he's doing to maintain positive mental health amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying he's attempting to stay present in the moment instead of focusing on the unknown. 

"The unknown is really what scares us," Love told USA Today's Mark Medina. "So for me, it's keeping my mind occupied."

Love has been among the NBA's most outspoken champions of mental health awareness, openly discussing his battles with anxiety and depression. He spoke with Medina as part of the promotion for the #WeThriveInside campaign run by Child Mind Institute.

"We're all in this together," Love said. "We need balance and we need to be present. Especially when we come out of this, we should be grateful for so many things that we have. For so many people, this has been an incredibly tough time."

In April, Love donated $100,000 to Cavs arena and support workers who were affected by the loss of events due to the pandemic. He said acts of kindness are one way he helps himself with his mental health in an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow on her Boss Files podcast. 

"This is really a pandemic that nobody's talking about," Love said of mental health. "I can't really put my finger on something that is a bigger thief of human potential. So it's just incredibly important that we continue to speak and talk about the stigma."

The #WeThriveInside campaign will match donations up to $150,000 for coronavirus relief. 

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